Retail scheme given green light / January, 2013

Planning has been granted to turn the East Yorkshire town of Beverley into a major retail and tourist destination.

The Wakefield office submitted plans that will provide the historic market town with a cinema complex, hotel, office accommodation, restaurants, new community hall and a range of new shops, The entire scheme will be brought forward on a ten acre site, once the home of a tannery.

As Beverley is the home town of chairman, Paul Mitchell, the granting of permission has been particularly well received. As well as carrying out the master-planning of the project and providing the design statement, the practice played a key role in the consultation process, where feedback from the general public was very positive.

He comments: “I am really delighted that we were appointed to work on this project and that our vision has been embraced by members of the community and the city’s influencing bodies and planners. This exciting scheme will boost significantly what Beverley has to offer to visitors, as well as providing great leisure and retail amenities for the local population. Putting my home town on the map has been a great experience.”

It is anticipated that construction work will commence in Spring 2013, with the first phase ready for occupancy in 2014.