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Plans for £25 Million Expansion for Monks Cross Shopping Centre Released

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4:41pm 25th February 2013

Monks Cross Shopping Park Trust presented its proposed planning application for expansion of the shopping park to City of York Council’s Planning Committee last well.

Eric Hall TDH Estates, Richard Murphy Optima Highways, Andrew Collier Cushman and Wakefield and Katherine Sharp Monks Cross Shopping’s Centre Manager attended the meeting in York’s Guildhall.

The planning proposal refers to the relocation of Marks and Spencer, Next and Marks and Spencer Simply Food to the Oakgate Scheme and explains Monks Cross Shopping’s aim to populate these empty units with an attractive retail offering enhancing Monks Cross Shopping’s appeal as a retail destination of choice by investing around £25m.

In addition to Marks and Spencer, Next and Marks and Spencer Simply Food relocating there has been no new major works to the Park for a number of years. Over this period many retailers have updated their trading profiles and operations and now want different sized and positioned units.

The potential change of retailers’ requirements has provided Monks Cross Shopping with an opportunity to look at reorganising the location of the shopping park’s retailers. The planning proposal includes a new “anchor” unit sited on the existing Marks and Spencer, Sports Direct and Laura Ashley units. This would provide a new unit of 35,000sqft at ground floor plus a full cover mezzanine to give a new store of 70,000sqft.

A second “anchor” unit is also included in the proposal in the main terrace of units. The application proposes a new unit of 30,000sqft at ground floor plus a full cover mezzanine to create a total unit space of 60,000sqft.

An amendment to the current planning consent is required to allow both new anchor stores to be able to trade a full range of goods.

The proposed full application will also seek the sub division of an existing unit to accommodate tenants displaced from their existing stores to accommodate the anchor stores.

It is anticipated the proposed planning application would see between 120 and 175 new jobs created and retention of more than 120 jobs in existing retailers..

Eric Hall TDH Estates said: “Monks Cross Shopping’s proposal is intended to refresh the shopping offer at the park after the departure of M&S and Next so that we can continue to offer a first class shopping experience. The creative use of existing units means there is no requirement for new ground floor accommodation, but provides an additional 48,000sqft of floor space. The priority has to be to attract key retailers to Monks Cross Shopping for the benefit of the city of York and the wider area. We feel this proposal would do just that and position York and particularly Monks Cross Shopping as a retail destination of choice with much to offer.”

The proposed planning application will be formally presented to the Planning Committee on 21 March 2013 where Councillors will be fully briefed on the proposal prior to a formal submission in Spring 2013.

Huntington Parish Council has already been consulted.


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