8 July 2011
Planning specialists from global management and technical consultancy, WYG, have helped secure dual planning permissions on behalf of Cromwell Retail Park Ltd for a £50m retail development in Cambridgeshire.
Submitted to Fenland District Council, the 25,000 sq m scheme will create over 500 new jobs and will see the former Wisbech greyhound stadium on Cromwell Road transformed. Plans include a 10,200 sq m Tesco food superstore, an eight-screen cinema operated by The Light Cinemas and a restaurant complex including family restaurant Frankie & Benny’s.
On a neighbouring site, a further 10,400 sq m retail park has also been given the go ahead, with a number of retailers being lined up including, Next, Brantano, Matalan, New Look, Dreams and Sports World.
Bethany Brown, Associate Planner, WYG said: “It is great to see the new Cromwell Retail Park receive planning permission. The development will provide significant investment to the area whilst creating much needed employment.
“Planning permission had previously been granted on the former Wisbech greyhound stadium for a retail and leisure park in 2006-7 however, the development had been stalled by the market downturn and was unable to be implemented. The revised proposals see a reconfiguration of the floorspace previously consented, and now include an anchor food retail development and extend to incorporate a second site.
“The new proposals, which are the culmination of several years’ worth of positive, sustained engagement with Fenland District Council, will enable a series of benefits to be finally realised for Wisbech. In particular, the developments will provide a substantially enhanced retail and leisure offer which will improve the shopping attraction of the Wisbech area, as well as delivering a series of improvements to the surrounding highway and transport network.”
Jonathan Clogg, Development Director, Cromwell Retail Park Ltd said: “We are delighted with the outcome. We have been working closely with WYG to ensure that the plans created properly meet with the area’s needs and the Council’s requirements.
“It is great that we have a number of household retail names reserved for the retail park development. The planned Light Cinema will be one of the UK’s first all-digital cinemas providing 3D cinematograph, sport, culture/music and video as well as educational conferencing for companies, colleges and schools.
“We are now looking forward to seeing the plans become a reality and to create a gateway that Wisbech can be proud of.”
The scheme is anticipated to start in late 2011 and to be completed in two phases with overall completion hoped for late autumn 2013.
Image caption: CGI of the proposed Light Cinema