Marks & Spencers
Wolstanton Retail Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Marks & Spencer Group and McLagan Investments Ltd
RPS co-ordinated and submitted a planning application and prepared a Retail Impact Assessment for an extension to the Wolstanton Retail Park providing a major new retail store.
The scheme involves the construction of a new two-storey 140,000ft2 Marks & Spencer store, improvements to the existing car park and comprehensive new landscaping. The new store will serve a catchment area that extends beyond the Newcastle/Stoke conurbation and will complement existing Asda, Homebase and Matalan stores on the Wolstanton Retail Park.
We submitted a detailed application and despite the development involving a significant amount of new out-of-centre shopping floorspace, negotiations with both Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council succeeded in gaining both officer and member support, despite both Council’s being actively involved in promoting new retail development as part of regeneration schemes in each of their respective town and city centres.
We worked closely with the client from the initial feasibility stage through the preparation, submission and approval of the detailed planning application.