AN Upwey plant nursery is to be allowed to build five new bridges onto its land and construct a 30-place car park.

Almost two hundred people had written in support of the proposals, many praising the nursery for its community spirit and care.

One described it as “a gem of a business” with another adding “It's a lovely place to visit but parking can be rather difficult which must impact on business prospects for this local business. I would certainly be able to visit more often if parking was improved.”

One objector said the improvements to the site would only add to traffic on village roads, raising concerns about nature conservation for the wetland and meadowland which feeds the River Wey and questioning if the changes would increase the flood risk in the area.

Island Nurseries had previously met opposition from Dorset Council over its plans to improve access for customers, but the proposals have now been agreed after some changes from the original plans.

The business, which has been operating for four decades, said it has been seeking to make the changes to its site to help its customers, and to try and alleviate parking problems in Church Street.

Illustration – Island Nurseries masterplan