The new retail development on Cleethorpe Road in Grimsby will generate 64,000 square feet of retail and leisure space.
An ambitious vision to transform Grimsby’s Ramsdens superstore site into a retail park – creating around 200 jobs – has been given the final seal of approval.
North East Lincolnshire Council planners have approved a reserved matter application for the old Ramsdens store to be turned into a multi-million pound retail outlet.
The large development in Cleethorpe Road, which will generate 64,000 square feet of retail and leisure space, has at last been rubber stamped for construction following a two-year planning process.
Hull-based regeneration group Wykeland is fronting the redevelopment of the site.
Wykeland is one of Yorkshire and the Humber’s leading commercial developers. Its developers took the lead on the £120m Flemingate development in Beverley; and the Bridgehead business park close to the Humber Bridge.
The plans entered their final phase in July after the Ramsdens Group acquired the existing car park from North East Lincolnshire Council, paving the way for this full application to be submitted to NELC.
Back in 2015 the site was granted outline planning permission by the council, since which time the owners have held discussions with potential local and out-of-town occupiers.
The former Ramsdens Discount Department Store closed its doors for the final time in April last year.
Demolition of the current Ramsdens store could begin within a matter of months, and when built, the retail park will include 13 retail outlets, parking for 214 cars and facilities for disabled people and cyclists.
It is estimated the development will generate around 200 new jobs and millions of pounds of additional income for the town’s retail economy.
The definitive approval of the scheme comes after it was recommended for refusal following objections from the owners of Freshney Place, who claimed a retail park would threaten its large investments, such as the Primark expansion and the multi-million pound cinema and restaurant development.But members of the North East Lincolnshire Council Planning Committee received a round of applause after a narrow vote in favour of the Ramsdens application two years ago.
Architects for the scheme, The Harris Partnership, put together detailed plans for how the works will be carried out for consideration by the council’s planning officers.
Those finer details have now been given the definitive go-ahead, an NELC decision which paves the way for work to begin in due course.
“The retail park will offer a positive contribution to the local area and provide new job opportunities within the area”, say the group.
Exactly which retailers will occupy the units come the completion of the development is still unknown at this stage.
Following the council approval, Nick Ramsden, managing director of the Ramsden Group, said: “The Ramsden Group are delighted to have been granted approval for the detailed application of the proposed scheme and hope to release more information as to the progress in the coming weeks”.
And in July, Mr Ramsden revealed he was “confident” of providing the right mix of units and opportunities.
He outlined how “real momentum” had been built in recent months with potential occupiers.