Shops centre plans on show

May 08 2017

PEOPLE living in and around Kingswood will soon be able to get a glimpse of proposals to revive Kings Chase Shopping Centre.

PEOPLE living in and around Kingswood will soon be able to get a glimpse of proposals to revive Kings Chase Shopping Centre.

Plans to bulldoze the centre's outdated multi-story car park and replace it with a new retail scheme have been drawn up following a public exhibition in March.

Residents, shoppers and traders were asked what they would like to see in place of the car park with shops, a gym and replacement car parking all rumoured to be in the running for the new scheme.

The plans will be on show as part of an unmanned static display in the window of Unit 7 at Kings Chase Shopping Centre, between Wednesday May 10 and Sunday May 14. 

The first exhibition was well attended by residents, shoppers and traders. Feedback from the event revealed that 89 per cent of people Strongly Agree or Agree that the multi-storey car park needs redeveloping and 86 per cent of respondents said the multi-storey car park was an eyesore.

People also gave their views on what could replace the car park with 76 per cent of respondents saying there should be replacement parking and 64 per cent agreeing that retail units should form part of the new scheme. Graeme Jones, project lead from Steamrock Capital which manages the precinct, said: “We would like to thank again everyone who came to our consultation event in March and shared their views. This feedback has helped to shape our plans for redevelopment at the Kings Chase Shopping Centre.

“The multi-storey car park is underused and in desperate need of modernisation. We believe redeveloping the site is an opportunity to boost the vitality of the wider town centre.

“We will be looking to submit a planning application to South Gloucestershire Council in the near future. Once the plans are registered with the authority local people will be able to comment on the scheme via the council’s website.”

Information from the display will also be available at www.kingschaseredevelopment.co.uk