Ambitious plans for a cinema-led revamp of Peterborough’s Queensgate shopping centre have taken a major step forward.
A detailed planning application for the £30 million enhancement of the centre has been submitted to Peterborough City Council.
The submission of detailed planning application is a great milestone for Queensgate.Guy Thomas, head of retail asset management
A decision on the plans is expected in the autumn.
The plans have been submitted by centre owners Invesco and its managers Lendlease.
If approved by councillors, the development will involve the creation of a series of new shops, a restaurant hub and multi-screen digital cinema.
The 77,000 sq ft extension will be carried out in partnership with John Lewis, which will be releasing its under used storage space to create a refurbished offering.
Next has agreed to upsize into one of the new stores, and talks are advanced with a leading cinema operator. In addition, a number of well-known restaurants have confirmed their preference for the extension. Approximately 200 jobs will be created once the extension is complete, adding ten per cent to the total number of people employed by Queensgate.
Guy Thomas, head of retail asset management at Lendlease, said: “The submission of the detailed planning application is a great milestone for Queensgate.
“The consultation conducted over the past two months has highlighted overwhelmingly strong support for the plans from local residents, other stakeholders and visitors to Queensgate.
“The feedback we have received indicates people see the extension as not only a great addition to Queensgate, but a real asset for the wider city centre that will help attract more visitors from across the region, boosting the local economy.
Mr Thomas added: “The excitement we have experienced locally is matched by that from leading brands, including Next and John Lewis.
“ We are also in very detailed negotiations with a cinema operator and demand from great restaurants to be part of the leisure extension is outstripping supply.”
The plans for Queensgate were revealed in May ahead of a period of public consultation by Lendlease and Invesco.
A two-day exhibition held in the centre in May attracted more than 370 people and over 300 questionnaires were submitted, with 98 per cent of people giving their support to the plans.