Costa Coffee, Pure Gym and Pets Corner join Marks & Spencer and Aldi in new Derriford shopping center
More details revealed for major development on site of former Seaton Barracks Parade Ground
Plans for a new shopping center on the outskirts of Plymouth, which will include Marks & Spencer and Aldi, have moved forward. Plymouth City Council, under a delegated decision, has agreed to spend over £200,000 to help mitigate some of the impacts of the proposed development.
Anchored by Marks & Spencer and Aldi, the development will also include a Costa Coffee, a Pure Gym and a Pets Corner. While Marks & Spencer and Aldi had already been announced as tenants, this is the first time that the last three occupants have been confirmed.
Earlier this year, ADC Kimberley (Derriford) Limited and Plymouth City Council submitted their formal application for a new district center in Derriford, on the site of the former Seaton Barracks parade ground. Although these plans have not yet been determined, a key factor to mitigate any impact has been approved.
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Under the delegated decision of Cllr Richard Bingley, Leader of Council, a detachment of £213,276 from the approved development budget for the Derriford District Center for a series of Section 106 mitigation measures required by the local planning authority has been signed. No money will be spent unless the development receives planning permission.
The major project aims to be a focal point and new commercial heart for the wider Derriford area and to play a fundamental role in unlocking the connectivity of the surrounding area. The M&S Foodhall will be double the size of the existing Simply Food store at its current premises next to Windsor House, while Aldi will be the city’s fourth.
Although the site has been vacant for several years, it has in recent years been used as a Covid-19 testing center, but the Seaton Barracks testing site last closed in February.
Details in the planning application specify that the west side of the site will include Aldi and Marks & Spencer stores. The eastern side will consist of a Pure Gym, a Pets Corner and a Costa Coffee drive-thru, while the southern end of the site, called “the catwalk”, is designed to frame the entrance to the center of the district with a public planting and landscaping area, providing peaceful landscaped areas, public sitting/staying areas and sheltered areas.
The completed development, if granted planning permission, is expected to create over 100 full-time jobs and safeguard a further 57 full-time jobs (from the existing M&S store). It builds on the council’s work to secure the shooting range headquarters for the site.
It is also estimated that 120 construction jobs will be generated during the development phase. The consulting team also includes a number of local firms, including Hoare Lea and Airey & Coles, both based in Plymouth.
The delegated decision states: “As part of granting planning consent, the local planning authority requires the development to mitigate a number of impacts and co-applicants are required to provide what are known as Section 106 obligations. The obligations for this development are a strategic transport contribution of £143,936 and a net biodiversity gain contribution of £69,340.
“The council will transfer funding from the district center and retain the completed development as a revenue generating investment for the council and fund council service borrowings as set out in the approved business case. This executive decision provides that assurance by allocating the money to the required contributions.
“The alternative would be to not agree to provide this mitigation contribution and therefore planning permission would not be granted and the redevelopment of the former Parade Ground, Derriford would not proceed from the before.”
Plymouth City Council will determine the fate of the application, as well as a separate, but linked, application for the creation of a bus, pedestrian and cycle access road only, at a later date. The delivery of a new district center for Derriford is a key strategic objective for the Council, with the former barracks site named as the preferred site for the district center in the joint local plan adopted in March 2019.
When the plans were submitted, the development application stated: “Providing a district center in the North Plymouth area has been a long standing aim of the local plan. The bid program will provide a new commercial district center to serve the Derriford area in Plymouth, and will provide a focal point and new commercial heart to the wider Derriford area and play a fundamental role in unlocking the area’s connectivity surrounding.
“The delivery of a food store led development will fill an identified quality gap in the provision of this nature in the North Plymouth area, providing more sustainable models of main food shopping for current and future local residents. . Supporting additional facilities such as a gym and cafe will add vitality and encourage related stay times and travel.
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