Redevelopment proposals - including M&S Foodhall
We have submitted plans to Warwick District Council for three new shops at Leamington Shopping Park, on the site of the former Focus DIY Store Garden Centre: the empty hoarded-off space between Debenhams and New Look.
The development, proposed over ground and mezzanine floors, would include:
- a new M&S Foodhall and in-store café (1,672 sq m)
- two smaller shops for non-food retail (455 sq m and 372 sq m)
- 16 new customer parking spaces and three additional disabled spaces
- a reconfigured service yard and staff car parking area (20 spaces) to the rear of the new shops
The proposals would create around 75 new jobs (44 full time equivalent) as well as jobs during the construction and fit out of the new shops.
M&S has been seeking a site for an additional food offer in Leamington Spa for more than 10 years to complement its town centre stores, in a similar way to many other town and cities across the region. The proposed M&S Foodhall at Leamington Shopping Park would be in addition to the Leamington and Warwick Town Centre stores, which would not be affected by the proposals.
We undertook a public consultation on our proposals (June 2017), which included a leaflet sent to around 3,100 local addresses, advertising in the local press and on facebook and a two day public exhibition in a trailer next to the site on Friday 16 June and Saturday 17 June.
There was a high level of interest in the proposals with around 220 people attending the public exhibition and 233 comments forms received – either at the exhibition, using the freepost comments form or online.
The responses received demonstrate a high level of support amongst local residents and shoppers, with 95% of the 233 respondents supporting the redevelopment of the site and 84% welcoming an M&S Foodhall as part of the proposals.
A variety of suggestions were made about the type of shops local residents and shoppers would like to see in the two non-food units proposed, and showed a strong desire for additional retail choice at the Shopping Park. There were also comments and queries relating to a number of issues including design, traffic and parking, pedestrian and cycle access and potential impact on the town centre.
Key issues raised have been responded to in the Consultation Report (submitted as part of the planning application and available below), and a number of small design changes have been made to the proposals in response to feedback. This includes two additional benches and six new cycle stands to improve onsite facilities for cyclists.
As the local planning authority, Warwick District Council will now undertake its own consultation to help inform its decision on whether to give the plans the go ahead.
You can view the full planning application and make your views known directly to the Council online by clicking here.
Subject to planning permission being granted later this year, we would expect the new stores to open in Spring 2019.
If you have any questions about the proposals or how to have your say, then please get in touch.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call 01926 355625