Major plans for a £150 million redesign of St Marks shopping centre in Lincoln could see the demolition of popular stores such as Toys ‘r’ Us, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Homebase and Toby Carvery.
The proposals would see units in the west section of the centre demolished in order to create up to 485,000 sq ft of new retail and leisure space and a 130 room hotel.
New developments on the site would create between 1,400 and 2,000 new jobs in Lincoln, as well as attract new retailers to the city, owners say. It will also create new private and affordable housing and up to 1,100 new student residences. The plans would also increase the amount of car parking spaces by around 200.
Following discussions with the local planning authority, a public consultation including specific meetings with groups such as the University of Lincoln and Historic England will be held during October and November. Plans will be unveiled to the public in November.
A formal planning application will then be submitted to City of Lincoln Council in late autumn.
Standard Life Investments, owner of St Marks since 2003, has prepared proposals on the retail park.
The proposals also include the partial reconfiguration and extension to the east side of St Marks, which currently houses Debenhams, Mothercare and Argos.
Between 10am and 5pm on Friday, November 4th, people will be able to view detailed plans and feedback on the proposals at a public consultation event in the entrance to St Marks at 152 High Street. Members of the project team will be available to answer questions.
David Stewart of Standard Life Investments said: “St Marks is a prominent site and the gateway to the city centre.
“The proposed development offers the opportunity to significantly improve the look and feel of this gateway as well as injecting substantial investment into the city, including new employment opportunities.”
Another spokesperson for Standard Life Investments said: “We haven’t yet finalised our plans for the completed development.
“We have some great retailers at St Marks already and our intention is to create a vibrant mix of shops and amenities to meet the requirements of our broad customer base. However, we have been in contact with all the retailers at St Marks to let them know about the proposals we’ll be submitting to Lincoln City Council.”