Developers St Modwen are inviting local residents to attend a public consultation event for the second phase of the town centre development, amid speculation that high street retailers Marks and Spencer are to move into Longbridge.
The suggestion that M&S were considering the location was made earlier this year, although they would not confirm this, and now changes have been made to Phase Two plans as a direct response to an approach by a major UK retailer. Revised plans involve the relocation of 45,000 sq ft retail units (which already have planning consent) and the provision of a 130,000 sq ft retail store with parking, set to open in 2014.
These plans follow on from the first phase of the Longbridge town centre development which is now well underway. Phase One will see an 85,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s and 75 bedroom Premier Inn and Beefeater grill open next year, together with a new £2m two acre Austin Park, central to the town centre.
Representatives from St. Modwen will be on-hand throughout the public consultation, together with the architects, planning consultants, and engineers working on the project. All will be available to answer questions relating to the proposals, and to receive comments and feedback.
Mike Murray, senior development surveyor for St. Modwen, said: “With work now well underway on the first phase of the town centre, we are keen to build on the momentum that has been created at Longbridge over the last few years. Our proposals for the next phase of the town centre are in direct response to an active enquiry from a leading UK retailer who we believe will make an excellent addition to the town centre and will also create hundreds of new jobs for the area.
“In keeping with our overall approach at Longbridge of consulting with the public on an on-going basis, this event will provide local residents the opportunity to find out more about our plans for the next phase of the town centre and to provide us with their comments on the proposals.”
St. Modwen is preparing to submit a planning application for Phase Two of the town centre later this summer.
More information on the proposed plans can be found at www.longbridgebirmingham.co.uk
The consultation event will be held at The Factory Youth Centre, Longbridge Lane B31 3HB on Thursday June 28th between 4pm – 8pm