BEECHWOOD Industries is seeking planning approval to create a new site access from Primrose Hill Nurseries in High Legh onto the A50.

The company says the proposed new access would be a major improvement over the existing substandard layout, and would segregate the nursery traffic from the residential traffic.

Planning permission for the access is sought from Cheshire East Council, as well as for the re-siting and extension of the single storey office to take account of the new access and to cope with expected business growth.

Permission is also sought for new internal tracks and re-sited car parking to allow safe movements for staff, visitors and deliveries, to remove existing conflicts and to allow turning of delivery HGVs within the site.

A report with the application said the new access arrangements meant that the offices need to be relocated.

“It said: The continued growth of the arboriculture and landscape business and incorporation of a re-invigorated nursery business means that the re-siting provides an opportunity to relieve what are now very cramped offices.

“Beechwood have been successful since their move to Primrose Nurseries and now provide 42 local jobs, nine in the nursery and 33 in the landscaping/arboriculture businesses, together with significant training opportunities for local people.

“Planning approval will protect these jobs and allow the company to expand.

“Subject to gaining planning consent the company anticipate they will create 10 additional jobs in the next year across the nursery and landscaping/arboriculture business.

“The installation of the new access would secure the future of the nursery on this site.

“The proposed access is designed to a high standard and is capable of accommodating the type of vehicles likely to be attracted to a nursery.

“The access would provide suitable levels of visibility to safely accommodate the movements associated with a nursery.

“No trees will be affected by the proposal, but a short section of hawthorn hedge will be moved back to ensure safe sight lines for the new access.”