Planning approval for retail park development on former superstore site

Full planning approval has been granted for a scheme to transform a former superstore site into a retail park, creating around 200 jobs.

North East Lincolnshire Council has approved a reserved matters application for the vacant Ramsdens Discount Department Store site in Grimsby to be transformed in the multi-million pounds development.

Hull-based regeneration company Wykeland Group will deliver the development, on behalf of Ramsden Group. The scheme will include up to 13 outlets, amounting to 64,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, as well as parking for more than 200 cars and facilities for disabled people and cyclists.

Nick Ramsden, Managing Director of Ramsden Group, said: “We are delighted to have been granted approval for the detailed application of the proposed scheme and hope to release more information as to the progress in the coming weeks.

“The retail park will offer a positive contribution to the local area and provide new job opportunities.”

Wykeland Managing Director Dominic Gibbons said: “We’re pleased that planning consent has now been secured for this exciting scheme, which will regenerate a key site in Grimsby and deliver a significant economic boost for the town.

“The next stage will be demolition of the former Ramsdens store, which will begin shortly.”

The site off Cleethorpe Road was granted outline planning permission by the local authority in 2015, since when Ramsden Group have held discussions with potential occupiers.

The Ramsdens store closed in April 2016 and the plans entered the final phase in July this year after Ramsden Group acquired the existing car park from North East Lincolnshire Council, paving the way for a full application to be submitted.

The architects for the scheme, The Harris Partnership, put together detailed plans for consideration by the council’s planning officers. Those finer details have now been given the definitive go-ahead.