Shopping centre development likely to get the green light

    Royal Victoria Place

    Plans for the £70million redevelopment of Royal Victoria Place shopping centre are set to move a step closer tonight when it goes before the council’s planning committee.

    Council officers are recommending the scheme be approved.

    The initiative will create 275 jobs and boost the local economy by £7million a year by providing larger stores to attract more high street names, more restaurants and a new multiplex cinema.

    The building has been designed so that its form and the orientation of windows maximise natural light and ventilation, while all of the materials that go into the redevelopment will be sustainably sourced with a high Green Guide rating.

    Nicky Blanchard, RVP Centre Manager said: “The town centre location means that Royal Victoria Place is inherently sustainable, accessible by a wide range of public transport modes and making ever better use of a central, brownfi eld location.

    “We are delighted that so many local people have taken the time to demonstrate their support for our proposals.

    “We have worked really hard to take people’s comments on board to create a proposal that will improve the offer for everyone who visits the town centre.”

    A scale model of the proposed development is on display at the centre.