Plans have been submitted for new shops, cafés and restaurants at Kingswood Parks that could create up to 250 new full-time jobs, as well as many more part-time positions for local people.
Developers hope the investment will support economic growth in the region by further enhancing Hull’s reputation for being an attractive shopping and leisure destination, preventing people going to other retail centres in cities such as Leeds, York, and Sheffield.
The planning application is now with Hull City Council through a joint venture between Kingswood Parks Development Company and Kier Property. This submission follows a public exhibition on the proposals that was held recently, as well as discussions with local residents.
The development comprises 10 new units, totalling 11,557 square metres and 450 parking spaces, on land north of Ashcombe Road, adjacent to Next’s flagship home, clothing and garden megastore, due to open in Autumn 2016 with an additional 280 parking spaces and 220 jobs.
As part of the plans, a condition has been proposed to prevent any existing retail business from relocating out of the city centre, or other local retail destinations, into the new development, to ensure that this scheme does not impact on existing retail centres.
Significant highways improvements are central to the proposals and include major enhancements to the access of the site, as well as improvements at Barnes Way. A new roundabout off Ashcombe Road, being built as part of the Next plans, will also serve the proposed development.
A planning decision is expected towards the end of the summer and work could start later this year, if planning approval is granted.
A spokeswoman for Kingswood Parks Development Company added: “Kingswood Parks has evolved significantly since the first brick was laid over 20 years ago and the community living here has grown with it. In turn, demand for an even broader range of facilities has increased. These plans will complement the existing facilities and businesses and add to the vitality of Kingswood.”