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Planning application submitted for Notts' intu

Drury Walk artist's impressionRedevelopment of Nottingham's intu Broadmarsh centre is set to move forward this week as proposals for the multi-million pound transformation are submitted for planning consent.

Nottingham City Council will consider the detailed planning application, which comes after several months of public consultation, extensive design work and discussions with planning chiefs.

The proposals detail intu’s vision for a vibrant new southern gateway into Nottingham from the railway station.

There is also focus on delivering improved pedestrian routes through the shopping centre - connecting more easily to the city and surrounding streets, and bringing new retail brands, restaurants and leisure activities – creating a new destination with appeal for customers throughout the day and the evening.

Adam Tamsett, General Manager at intu Broadmarsh, said: “This is a momentous week for both intu Broadmarsh and for Nottingham. This redevelopment is a hugely important scheme, which we can deliver within its current surroundings.

“As with all our shopping centres, we are keen to see intu Broadmarsh evolve and respond to the changes around us and in response to the needs of our customers. There are a great many new opportunities for the south of the city of Nottingham and we are excited to be right in the middle of them.

“We are especially encouraged by Nottingham City Council’s aspirations for public realm improvements to Collin Street, the refurbishment of the Broadmarsh car park, and other proposals such as a new NET tram stop and college.”

The submitted application details a wide range of new facilities and changes to the look and feel of intu Broadmarsh.

Proposals include:
•A variety of places to eat, from grab-and-go to sit-down restaurants
•A multi-screen cinema and new places to relax and play
•A new open street to complement Middle Pavement and extend Bridlesmith Gate
•An improved new route through the centre from Lister Gate to Carrington Street, providing direct access between the train station and the rest of the city
•A new entrance on Middle Hill
•New high quality toilets, parent and child facilities and accessible facilities for wheelchair users.

Adam said: “More than 2,500 people have expressed their views on the redevelopment proposals via both our formal survey and through the exhibition hub. intu has listened to the people of Nottingham and we have used their requests and ideas to inform our plans.

“The submission of the planning application takes us one big step closer to making a ‘new’ intu Broadmarsh a reality, and that is very exciting for everyone involved.

"This has been a hot topic in the city for many years and I am very proud to be part of the team that is helping to deliver a fantastic new centre for the people of Nottingham, which will deliver the facilities our customers want.”

Colin Street entranceProposals for the new-look centre were revealed at a dedicated exhibition hub at intu Broadmarsh, where customers were invited to find out more about what they could expect to see at the redeveloped centre and take part in a survey to express their views as part of the formal public consultation process.

Of 1,600 people formally surveyed, 89% said they were in favour of intu’s proposals.

Plans for the multi-million pound redevelopment works are currently on display at the exhibition hub on the centre’s lower mall, where customers can see what intu has planned for the centre. They are also available online and a full copy of the planning application can be viewed during the opening hours of Nottingham City Council at Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3NG.

The application will also be available to view on the council website.