Ipplepen Garden Centre Fermoys could soon be expanding.
It has applied to Teignbridge Council for outline planning permission, sought for access, to redevelop the whole store and car parking. Eventually it wants to demolish the existing centre and create a new larger building. The applicant says in the outline planning application, sought for access that: "The existing garden centre has grown to its current shape and size over the past 40 years. In the design statement in the application, it states that over the years the centre has grown but on an 'ad hoc basis'. They also say the internal layout of the garden centre is inefficient and is 'not suited to modern day retailing'. They also state the current car park design can be difficult for customers to navigate with a lack of disabled and coach spaces and drop off spaces. The new centre would also incorporate a food hall to house the current butcher and a delicatessen. A new restaurant will also be part of the scheme. Alan Murdoch, director at Fermoys said: "We've now lodged the application with Teignbridge and we need this stage of planning to take place so we can get on with the build. "We want to be proud of the building and vie the customers what they need. "We want it to be not too hot in the summer and not too cold in the summer and importantly the flooring will be level. "The redevelopment will create 30 jobs."