A boost for jobs and shoppers in the city looks set to be approved by councillors next week.Advertisement
Four new retail units could be given the nod for Deepdale Retail Park after council officers decided to propose the plans for approval.
The 6,833 square metre plan has been approved previously but had to be shelved due to poor economic conditions.
The new stores will be restricted to selling bulky non-food goods, glassware and china and there have to be improvements to the Blackpool Road entrance and car parking at the retail park before the stores can open.
A former Booker warehouse building will be converted into the new units which will be on the Western edge of the retail park.
It borders Holme Slack Lane and Clifton Grove but no residents have raised objections.
Planning officers write in their recommendation “the proposal would provide key benefits to the local area comprising of off-site and on-site highway improvement works, form part of a mixed use regeneration of the vacant former warehouse site, provide further employment opportunities for the local population and complete the Deepdale Retail Park through the development of the final section.”
The plans are set to be approved at the planning committee meeting on Monday 8 April subject to a Section 106 agreement being reached for a contribution by developers for community or highway improvements.
View the full proposals for the Retail Park on the council website.
Image credit to George D Thompson
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