Shropshire Star

Nursery's bid to relocate and expand thrown out despite current access and land ownership concerns

A nursery has had its plans to build a new facility close to its current base thrown out by the council.

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ChildrensWorld Newport have had their Mere Park plans refused by Telford & Wrekin Council. Picture: Google Maps

ChildrensWorld Newport is based at Mere Park in Newport catering for 79 children and employs 23 staff members on a full-time and part-time basis.

The nursery said access issues and its current base being earmarked for an alternative development had resulted in plans being needed for a new facility.

The applicant proposed to move the nursery across the Mere Park development from near the garden centre to a vacant site east of the Premier Inn hotel.

Plans were submitted to Telford & Wrekin Council for a children’s day nursery together with an external play area, staff car parking and associated works.

The replacement nursery would have capacity to accommodate up to 112 children ranging in age from newborns to 11 years old.

The applicant said that the proposed building would accommodate 33 more children than previously and create 10 full-time jobs.

Applicant David Brierley stated that Mere Park Garden Centre, including the land occupied by the existing ChildrensWorld nursery, has been bought by the Blue Diamond Group.

“Blue Diamond has, subsequently confirmed its future intentions for consolidating and expanding its business model on the site, and these intentions have direct implications upon the future of the existing nursery,” says the applicant.