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Monks Cross Submits Expansion Plans


2:23pm 28th March 2013

Monks Cross Shopping Park Trust has submitted its planning application for expansion of the shopping park to City of York Council today.

The planning application 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.

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 application 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 application 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 application seeks the sub division of an existing unit to accommodate tenants displaced from their existing stores to accommodate the anchor stores.

It is anticipated, if granted, 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 application 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 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 making the changes as detailed in this application would do just that and position York and particularly Monks Cross Shopping as a retail destination of choice with much to offer.”

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