Retail plans to revitalise New Mersey Shopping Park envisage 1,000 jobs

As many as 1,000 jobs could be created in Speke if the latest plans for a retail park there are approved.

Heads of the New Mersey Shopping Park are asking for views on a proposal for a new cinema and new restaurants to revitalise the existing retail space, as well as new shops.

A public exhibition will be held, giving shoppers an insight into the scheme and the chance to offer feedback before a planning application is officially submitted.

If Liverpool City Council approve these plans, the development company British Land say that as many as 600 full and part time retail jobs could be created, as well as 390 construction jobs in the development process.

David Bloy, planning manager for British Land, said:

“Prior to submitting a planning application we are committed to consulting with local stakeholders, our retailers, residents and shoppers.

“We are holding a public exhibition displaying the proposals and inviting interested parties, including local residents, to tell us their views.”

A leaflet to residents, from Mr Bloy, says:

“We are hoping to make a number of enhancements, which will: improve the look and feel of the shopping park through much needed upgrade works; create a new cinema and restaurants, bringing new leisure facilities to the area; provide additional flexible retail space, to give existing retailers the space they need, as well as meeting the requirements of new retailers and significantly improve the car park layout.”

British Land, who have been involved in the owning of the New Mersey Shopping Park since 2005, says that it is currently in talks with Liverpool City Council on how to best target available jobs at local people. New Mersey Shopping Park is owned by Speke Unit Trust, which British Land has a large stake in. British Land is also the property advisor for the shopping park.

An exhibition trailer will be set up on New Mersey Shopping Park, outside Smyths Toys, between 12pm and 7pm on Friday, February 20 and 10am and 12.30pm on Saturday, February 21.

If you aren’t available to attend the exhibition but would still like to view the proposals and give feedback you can do so online at www.newmerseyshoppingparkplans.com or by calling Roseanne Green on 02035354208, or via email at info@iceniprojects.com

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Words: Peter Cribley

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