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Crowland Parish Council chairman David Kempton backs plans for former Wyevale Garden Centre being put to use



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A parish council leader has supported the idea of a disregarded site being put to use.

The former Wyevale Garden Centre in Crowland has been lying unused since closing in 2019, but a planning bid from JJ Premium Cars in Peterborough could see it carry out car sales and MOT services.

While David Kempton, chairman of the town’s parish council, has not yet examined specific details of the application, he believes bringing the area back to life will be a positive.

The former Wyevale Garden Centre in Postland Road, Crowland
The former Wyevale Garden Centre in Postland Road, Crowland

The council’s planning committee will review the plans next Monday (August 8).

“It’s a real shame because it was a viable property that’s just been left to go to rack and ruin to some degree,” Coun Kempton said.

“I don’t know what it looks like inside, but outside looks pretty sad. It would be great to get it back into use, and it would be particularly great if it provided employment opportunities.

David Kempton (left) hopes the empty site can be put to good use
David Kempton (left) hopes the empty site can be put to good use

“When we look at it we might say we’re horrified because of X, Y, Z. But in principle, anything that brings it back into use is a good thing.

“Anything that gives employment in the town is a good thing.”

Planning documents submitted with the application suggest the site would be used to restore, clean and paint used cars for sale.

It also proposes to carry out MOTs, but says this forms a smaller proportion of the work on the site - with sales being the primary function.

The garden centre itself would become a car showroom.



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