Planning permission has been given by Plymouth City Council to transform the former Seaton Barracks Parade Ground site at Derriford
Plans for a new multi-million pound district shopping center on the edge of Plymouth have been given the go-ahead. Under delegated powers, planning permission has been given by Plymouth City Council to transform the former Seaton Barracks Parade Ground site at Derriford.
A new district center is proposed, which would create more than 100 full time jobs and safeguard a further 57. Three big-name brands have already been secured – Marks and Spencer (M&S) which hopes to build a new Foodhall, supermarket Aldi and Costa , which will operate a cafe and drive through.
The development will also include a gym, pet shop, a further, smaller retail unit and 12 rapid EV charging points. Pure Gym and Pets Corner have previously been named in documents as the tenants for the gym and pet shop units
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The site was designated as a preferred site for a new district center in the Joint Local Plan in 2019. Plans have now been approved, although no timescale for when work will begin and when it will open have been confirmed.
Deputy leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Cllr Mark Shayer said: “The Council has a huge role in encouraging investment into our city. This site was designated as a preferred site for a new district center in the Joint Local Plan in 2019 and we have been working to deliver this.
“Getting planning permission is a significant step on the way to creating this new district center and the companies being lined up to become part of this new center offer good job prospects for Plymouth people. This is good news.”
The scheme will be built by ADC Kimberley Ltd, which was selected as the council’s preferred developer in October 2019 following a competitive bidding process. Jonathan Banham, Director of ADC Kimberley Ltd, said: “We are pleased to have received the support of Plymouth City Council for our proposals, which will breathe new life into the former Seaton Barracks site.
“This new retail and leisure hub will serve many local people who are living, working and studying in the area, while also creating shopping facilities which will reduce the need for them to travel further afield. We will now be working through the finer details of the scheme with the various tenants and hope later in the summer to be able to confirm when work will begin.”
Last year the Council gave the go-ahead to a forward funding agreement of £17.86 million to facilitate the development through the Council’s Property and Regeneration Fund. Last week, they agreed to spend more than £200,000 to help mitigate some of the impacts of the proposed development.
The report of planning officers, explaining why the decision was given approval, states that the scheme conforms with policy and national guidance. They added the proposal is in acceptable principle and that the schemes’ design, layout and landscape create a good quality proposal for the site which assimilates well with the surrounding built and natural environment.
The report added: “Officers are satisfied there are no potential sequentially preferable sites which are suitable and available. In terms of Impact, the proposals are unlikely to have a significantly adverse impact on the network of centres, subject to suitable conditions restricting use and the creation of additional units.
“Officers consider that the scheme provides a good quality solution to the site in its context in terms of pedestrian, cycle and public transport access and are satisfied with the proposed internal vehicle layout and access arrangements and also the parking and cycle provision proposed subject to conditions .”
The major scheme aims to be a focal point, and a new commercial heart to the wider Derriford area and play a fundamental role in unlocking the connectivity of the surrounding area. The M&S Foodhall will be double the size of the existing Simply Food store at its current premises next to Windsor House, while the Aldi will be the fourth in the city.
While the site has been vacant for a number of years, it has for the last couple of years been used as a Covid-19 testing centre, but the Seaton Barracks testing site closed for the final time in February.
Details in the planning application outline that the western side of the site will comprise the Aldi and the Marks & Spencer store. The eastern side will consist of a Pure Gym, Pets Corner, and a drive-through Costa Coffee outlet, while the southern end of the site, referred to as ‘the Gateway’, is designed to frame the entrance into the district center with an area of public planting and landscaping, providing peaceful landscaped areas, areas for public seating/dwell time, and sheltered zones.
The completed development is expected to create over 100 full-time jobs as well as safeguard a further 57 full-time jobs (from the existing M&S store). It builds on the work of the Council in the securing Range Head Office for the site.
It is also estimated that 120 construction jobs will be generated during the development phase. The consultant team also includes a number of local firms, including Hoare Lea and Airey & Coles, both based in Plymouth.
When the plans were submitted, the planning application said: “Providing a district center in the north Plymouth area is a longstanding objective of the Local Plan. The application scheme will deliver a new commercial district center to serve the Derriford area of Plymouth, and will provide a focal point, and a new commercial heart to the wider Derriford area and play a fundamental role in unlocking the connectivity of the surrounding area.
“Delivering a foodstore-led development will meet an identified qualitative gap in provision of this nature in the north Plymouth area, delivering more sustainable patterns of main food shopping for existing and future local residents. Supporting additional facilities such as a gym and coffee shop will add vitality and encourage dwell-time and linked trips.”
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