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As work continues to get our Tingley site ready for opening in Autumn, we’re delighted to share the news that we have put in a planning application for a new garden centre at Thorp Arch Estate near Wetherby*.

This is a joint application with the owners of the estate and is for an 8500m2 garden centre which include everything that you have come to know and love about Tong. There will be an extensive plant area with everything to make your garden grow all year round, Grass Hoppers Adventure Play, two restaurants serving delicious homemade food and a Hearty’s Food Hall. The application also includes a second Mission Out site – our first epic adventure play area for 6 – 14 year olds  opens at our new Tingley Garden Centre site this summer.

We have been working behind the scenes with Thorp Arch on this application for around three years and we have been through a pre-application process with Leeds City Council. The proposed site is on the former retail park which was a series of bunkers originally used in the war effort that are all now empty. If we are successful with the application, we anticipate that the new garden centre will create over 200 local jobs, create lots of career opportunities for our current team and bring investment to the area.

The decision date is 19 August 2022, so keep an eye on our social channels or sign up to our newsletter below to find out all of the breaking news.

UPDATE (12/9/22) – we are continuing to work with the planners on the application and we hope to have a decision in the next few weeks.  As soon as we get any news on the outcome of the application we will update this page.

*The Thorp Arch Estate is located equidistant between Leeds, Harrogate and York and benefits from quick and uncongested access to the A1(M) motorway at Wetherby.

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