Proposals for a £2 million expansion of a Weston-super-Mare visitor attraction have been approved. North Somerset Council agreed plans for an 8,000 square metre extension to Puxton Park’s farm shop and restaurant to include a garden centre, large gift shop and bigger restaurant.
Work on the project, which will create 40 new jobs, is due to start this autumn.
Managing director Alistair Mead said: “We invest in new attractions every year and are thrilled North Somerset Council has given us its full backing towards this new extension.
“The project will help to boost the local economy through the creation of 40 jobs, plus a further 20 jobs during the construction phase.
“We look forward to getting on with the building works during the quieter winter months and aim to open the new garden centre next year.”
The extension will seek to help the environment by investigating the use of solar roof panels and the replacement of mains water with rain water harvested from the roof.
In addition some of the plants and trees on sale in the garden centre will be grown at Puxton Park itself, with an area of the farmyard attraction set aside for this purpose.