Plans to increase serving capacity at Piercebridge garden centre cafe met with opposition

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A PROPOSAL from a garden centre to increase the serving capacity in its cafe has met with opposition.

The Sam Turner and Sons garden centre at Piercebridge has applied to Darlington Borough Council to increase the serving capacity in its cafe from 50 customers at one time to 70.

The application has attracted objections from nearby residents who have expressed concerns that the premises is becoming an out-of-town “destination cafe” to the detriment of smaller businesses nearby.

In a report prepared for the council's planning committee, one objector said: “Restriction was placed by the planning committee to keep the operation to a size that protected the local amenity, local businesses and restrict traffic flows on a very dangerous road section.

“None of these conditions have changed.”

Other concerns raised by objectors living nearby include an increase in food smells affecting their properties and whether there is enough parking to accommodate extra cafe customers.

Currently the cafe makes up 13 per cent of the garden centre’s overall trade and increasing the serving capacity could see a five per cent growth in that side of the business.

If permission was granted to increase the capacity, the existing café area would not need to be altered as its current size could accommodate the extra customers.

Planning officers have recommended the scheme for approval subject to conditions including the creation of extra parking spaces.

The council’s planning committee will consider whether to grant permission when it meets on Wednesday.

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6:30pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Hunty1 says...

How ridiculous, if people want to then they should be encouraged not discouraged!
How ridiculous, if people want to then they should be encouraged not discouraged! Hunty1
  • Score: 13

12:59am Fri 7 Mar 14

DL5opinion says...

Surely the site entrance/junction can be made into a mini roundabout. .... This should alleviate the safety issues of this currently hazardous junction.

Extra parking spaces makes perfect sense if extra customers are to be catered for.

As for complaints about food smells. ......REALLY?
You can please some of the folk, some of the time. ............
Surely the site entrance/junction can be made into a mini roundabout. .... This should alleviate the safety issues of this currently hazardous junction. Extra parking spaces makes perfect sense if extra customers are to be catered for. As for complaints about food smells. ......REALLY? You can please some of the folk, some of the time. ............ DL5opinion
  • Score: 6

5:14pm Fri 7 Mar 14

grandmab says...

Where in Piercebridge is this place? I have been a couple of times when using the walking path along the Tees to view the ruins but I have never seen a place to eat. Would have welcomed one last time as it was not the nicest day to sit on a rock.
Where in Piercebridge is this place? I have been a couple of times when using the walking path along the Tees to view the ruins but I have never seen a place to eat. Would have welcomed one last time as it was not the nicest day to sit on a rock. grandmab
  • Score: 0

6:01pm Fri 7 Mar 14

sarahd says...

Grandmab- Is you put piercebridge into google maps it will be on there, just outside of Piercebridge. It is named under Carlbury garden centre. There is also the Carlbury arms you could have gone to.

The garden centre café is very expensive. We went to the garden centre and wasn't feeling too well so just popped in to the café for a drink to take out. A bottle of Ribena was £2.30
Grandmab- Is you put piercebridge into google maps it will be on there, just outside of Piercebridge. It is named under Carlbury garden centre. There is also the Carlbury arms you could have gone to. The garden centre café is very expensive. We went to the garden centre and wasn't feeling too well so just popped in to the café for a drink to take out. A bottle of Ribena was £2.30 sarahd
  • Score: -3

8:07pm Fri 7 Mar 14

yorkshirelad90 says...

Grandmab- Sam Turners is just off the A67 on the B6275. We have visited several times and find it to be quite the opposite Sarahd; the cafe and infact the whole store is very reasonably priced.

The extra tables are deffinatly needed, especially on a weekend when people have to queue! On all the times i've been, i've never struggled to park and surely if the cafe is full with people queueing, there is no parking issues?

Complaints about food smells is laughable...do they complain when the neighbouring farms make smells?

We should be supporting new businesses, not preventing and restricting success! Especially when the A67 is due to be shut for a year...
Grandmab- Sam Turners is just off the A67 on the B6275. We have visited several times and find it to be quite the opposite Sarahd; the cafe and infact the whole store is very reasonably priced. The extra tables are deffinatly needed, especially on a weekend when people have to queue! On all the times i've been, i've never struggled to park and surely if the cafe is full with people queueing, there is no parking issues? Complaints about food smells is laughable...do they complain when the neighbouring farms make smells? We should be supporting new businesses, not preventing and restricting success! Especially when the A67 is due to be shut for a year... yorkshirelad90
  • Score: 5

9:14pm Fri 7 Mar 14

kristal27 says...

nearby residents? its basically in the middle of nowhere so obviously the 'food smells' are being 'smelled' by the only other business remotely affected by this garden centre -the Carlbury Arms which is a good quarter of a mile away.. I can't see how an extra 20 covers is going to make any difference what so ever. its a great place to go for a lunch and is very reasonable - most main courses under £7 everything homemade. The car park is huge -much bigger than the pub car park down the road -this is totally typical -a well run business providing local jobs gets grief from a couple of (jealous)Nimby's
nearby residents? its basically in the middle of nowhere so obviously the 'food smells' are being 'smelled' by the only other business remotely affected by this garden centre -the Carlbury Arms which is a good quarter of a mile away.. I can't see how an extra 20 covers is going to make any difference what so ever. its a great place to go for a lunch and is very reasonable - most main courses under £7 everything homemade. The car park is huge -much bigger than the pub car park down the road -this is totally typical -a well run business providing local jobs gets grief from a couple of (jealous)Nimby's kristal27
  • Score: 5

11:15pm Sat 8 Mar 14

grandmab says...

Thank you for the info. I have not gone as far as that. Only to the ruins off the tees path. I don't have a car will have to figure out which to try first.
Thank you for the info. I have not gone as far as that. Only to the ruins off the tees path. I don't have a car will have to figure out which to try first. grandmab
  • Score: 0

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