Arch acquired the former Tesco buildings in July 2015 and as a first step in securing the long term development of the site. Since acquisition Arch has completed a pre-development study and condition survey of the building, commissioned a retail study to help identify new operators and launched a design competition for a lead architect.
This engagement with stakeholder’s and local people was the next step following the site acquisition to help create a sustainable future for the town and its community aims will generate greater social value.
The winning architects have been appointed to develop plans for the site with the aim of achieving planning permission and securing retail interest in 2017, we aim to make a start late 2017. Th development will likely be built in a number of phases which overall could be a 3 year period. We anticipate the first phase being complete in 2018.
The proposals include:
- a supermarket
- the retail/commercial units with residential properties or offices above
- a family pub/restaurant
- new and replacement customer car parking
- Pedestrian routes and other landscaping
Site Location Plan
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The town centre development continues to move forward and deliver key milestones. The outline planning application was validated on 10 February 2017 and the project team continue to work with NCC case officers to satisfy queries. To date the Arch project team have successfully started working through areas such as drainage, highways and archaeology to assist the planning department. Subject to the provision of further information on heritage, the application is currently scheduled to be considered by Members of Planning Committee on 6 June 2017. In addition, an enabling package of infrastructure works has been successfully prepared by engineers which is key to ensuring we are ready to start on site once planning is approved.
The Arch team also continue to work with our professional agents and interested retailers to secure commercial interest for the site. The retail configuration has advanced and negotiations with key retailers continue to progress positively in line with planning timescales.
Following the town vote Piper’s Place was selected as the name for the exciting new town centre development – exciting new visuals coming soon and previewed on the website.
Subject to planning being approved in June and tenants secured, it is anticipated that the construction tender will be issued this Autumn with work expected to commence in early 2018.