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Plans to develop Belles Fleurs Nurseries into houses

Plans to develop Belles Fleurs Nurseries into houses

Saturday 31 October 2020

Plans to develop Belles Fleurs Nurseries into houses


The owner of Belles Fleurs Nurseries has put forward plans to redevelop the site into two new houses.

The new plans would see the demolition of all existing structures on the current Grouville site apart from the Western house, in order to build two four-bedroom dwellings.

According to a design statement from Godel Architects, the proposals follow bedding plant sales falling “dramatically” since 2012, “exacerbated by plants and sundries becoming available for public purchase from supermarkets, DIY stores and online stores, all imported from Dutch and UK growers and suppliers.” 

Though the site sits in a Green Zone, the architects argue that it passes the requirements necessary to be built on, as it says:

  • they have demonstrated the site is “redundant to any employment use” as “the property has been marketed for a period of 3 months” with no “alternative use occupiers showing interest in the sight";
  • the design “seeks to repair and restore the landscape character” by minimising the amount of space used, with the majority of the site “relandscaped”, including patio areas and a “large area” that would “become meadows with a fruit orchard”;  
  • it would reduce the intensity of traffic flows with the removal of the business; 
  • and it would “enhance the character of the area.”  

Pictured: Belles Fleurs' sales reportedly took a hit after bedding plants became widely available 

The site currently houses a nursery shop with a single residential unit above it, and a greenhouse to the North of the property described as “run-down and… unable to be used due to the cost of maintaining the structure.” 

There are a number of polytunnels adjacent that are also disused, as well as a large storage shed. All of these buildings would be demolished under the current plans.

The proposals are before the Planning Department for consideration.

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