New masterplan to capitalise on 'Bicester of the Midlands' outlet village

Written by on July 12, 2019

Cannock’s ‘declining’ town centre is set for long-awaited revamp when the Bicester-style outlet village is built.

Council bosses have realised they need to act fast in order to give the struggling town centre a chance of pulling in footfall from the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet .

Featuring more than 80 designer discount stores, the £160 million village will open its doors next year. It will also boast restaurants and cafes, a children’s play area and 1,400 parking spaces and is expected to welcome three million shoppers each year.

Progress photographs from the new shops at McArthurGlen designer outlet village in Mill Green, Cannock

Progress photographs from the new shops at McArthurGlen designer outlet village in Mill Green, Cannock (Image: TIM EASTHOPE/BIRMINGHAM MAIL)
Cannock Chase District Council has admitted that to compete, the town centre needs “something to attract visitors that isn’t already catered for at the outlet” – and if nothing was done, it would be “a huge missed opportunity”.

 
Plans are now afoot to create a new ‘destination area’ anchored by a cinema with food and drink outlets.

A prospectus which details the vision for the future has gone before the council’s cabinet. It will then be dished out to estate agents and developers in a bid to attract investment.

Possible uses for the town’s multi-storey car park, market hall and retail units (Image: Cannock Chase District Council)
The prospectus reveals the town’s multi-storey car park, market hall and retail units have “enormous potential”. Ideas for future uses include a cinema, food, beverage and retail units. The possibly of integrating apartments, a hotel or office space is also being touted.

Ideas for the part of the bus station include a hotel, conference facilities, or residential units, while the Beecroft Road car park could be turned into residential, retail or commercial office use and a new decked car park.

Ideas for Beecroft Road car park (Image: Cannock Chase District Council)
Other areas being looked at are Danilo Road car park, Backcrofts, Allport Road, Avon Road, Park Road and the police station car park.

Future proposals from developers for a specific site would be subject to the council’s normal decision making processes and suitable planning consent.

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From: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/new-masterplan-capitalise-bicester-midlands-16568727


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