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A garden centre and nursery in Ipswich is facing an uncertain future after plans to build a 76-bed three storey care home on its site were revealed.
Victoria Nurseries has been operating from the site since 1986 but has been subject to short-term leases and temporary planning permission over the past few years.
First Care Homes has been gauging public opinion on its proposals for the new building before submitting a formal planning application to Ipswich Borough Council. That online consultation ended on September 4.
On the garden centre’s Facebook pages, proprietor Ian May said: “The nursery has been on the site since 1986 and hasn't been given notice to quit yet but the current planning permission runs out at the end of the year and we might be pushing our luck if we try for yet another temporary permission from the council. We'll have to see what happens.”
The social media post brought an instant response from disgruntled customers.
Richard Hughes wrote: “Three care homes within a 500 yard walk have closed down in the last year. There can’t be any justification to build one on this site.”
And Cindy Holian commented: “No, we love Victoria nurseries! Please fight this.”
Rachel Davey added: “You were a vital part of the community during lockdown. Providing essential provisions as well as plants etc to keep us all busy. You would be missed.”