REVEALED: Businessman behind new Honiton garden centre plans
PUBLISHED: 12:03 04 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:31 07 July 2017
James Trevett has been working with Combe Estate for nearly a year before submitting the proposals to East Devon District Council.
This is the man behind plans for a new garden centre near Honiton.
Sidmouth businessman and former garden centre manager James Trevett has been working with Combe Estate for nearly a year before submitting the proposals to East Devon District Council.
The 35-year-old dad-of-one was approached by the estate if he was interested in looking at the former Meadow View Nursery site in Gittisham.
The site, which is south of the road from Honiton to Gittisham, has been used as a commercial nursery for the last 20 years.
The proposed centre will offer 1,044 sq m of retail space, covered and open sales areas and 43 parking spaces – including four for disabled customers.
If granted approval, the centre could be built as soon as February 2018, with Mr Trevett earmarking a six-month build time.
Mr Trevett said: “The site was very run down and at the time it didn’t fill me with that much excitement, but after a little bit of homework and research we came up with the idea that we could get a full nursery running.
He said the business would work with local suppliers and look to build relationships within the community, adding: “Combe Estate’s ethos is it wants to be family based and very local. Their idea is they want to give some back into the town.
“There was a call for a garden centre in Honiton, there is a genuine gap there.
“I want people to walk in here asking ‘how do I get rid of this in the garden?’ and the first person they see is going to be able to answer it.”
Currently, the plans do not include a coffee shop as part of the centre’s build, but Mr Trevett has not ruled out the possibility of building one at a later date.
He added: “The idea of a coffee shop is lovely but not part of the initial set up.
“Maybe if demand is there later, but to begin with I want to get the nursery side right.”
Members of Honiton Town Council’s planning committee will debate the plans at a meeting tonight before the proposals are put before district planners.