£300m Mall plans delayed

March 03 2017

PLANS for a £300 million expansion of the Mall at Cribbs Causeway have hit a glitch.

PLANS for a £300 million expansion of the Mall at Cribbs Causeway have hit a glitch.

The scheme, which could create 3,000 new jobs, was given planning permission by South Gloucestershire Council in November.

But due to the scale of the project Communities Secretary Sajid Javid MP has announced he wants to hold a public inquiry into the application, which could take months or even longer than a year.

The scheme includes retail, leisure, and hotel and restaurant facilities plus a multi-storey car park, an events plaza, up to 150 residential apartments and a new bus station. 

Although the council had already approved the plans, the authority had to refer a final decision to the Secretary of State who could approve it or 'call it in', which is what Mr Javid has now decided to do. In a statement South Gloucestershire Council said it was "disappointed" but hopeful the scheme will be given the green light.