Capital Shopping Centres (CSC) today announced that its plans to invest £14m in The Potteries Shopping Centre have been granted planning approval by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
The shopping centre which attracts around 14 million visitors each year will build a multi-screen cinema complex, new family-friendly restaurants and a pedestrian boulevard at the centre. The £14m investment will re-develop an underused brownfield site, will harmonise with the surrounding area through landscaping and will promote sustainable transport through a Green Travel Plan.
Paul Francis, General Manager of The Potteries Shopping Centre, said
Stoke-on-Trent is crying out for investment of this nature and the Council’s decision will be welcomed by residents and the millions of people who shop in Hanley every year.
Our plans will create much needed new jobs and provide a real boost to the city’s economy, not to mention offering a great place for families to come and enjoy. As a long-term partner to this great city, we’re proud to invest in its future and can’t wait to start delivering this plan.
It is hoped that construction will start on site later this year and open the leisure extension at The Potteries Shopping Centre in early 2014. Later this year, CSC will announce the operators who will be opening new restaurants in the leisure extension at The Potteries Shopping Centre.
The planning application was approved without the need for it to go to the planning committee.