Teesside Park revamp could enlarge units to create ‘consumer choice’

Teesside Park revamp could enlarge units to create ‘consumer choice’

Teesside Park owner British Land is not requesting planning permission, but say it is considering ‘comprehensive refurbishment or redevelopment.

aerial view of Teesside Park, Middlesbrough
aerial view of Teesside Park, Middlesbrough
Some units at Teesside Park could double in size under a mooted revamp of its leisure facilities.

The retail and leisure park’s owners, British Land, have submitted a new document to a council planning department.

Units at the leisure park area, including the former Gala Bingo and the casino, could be made bigger by adding mezzanines to create upper floors.

While it is not a request for planning permission, a covering letter and a host of drawings explain how British Land believes it has the ability to dramatically increase the size of some of the buildings – although there is no suggestion there are immediate plans to do so.

Teesside Live attempted to contact British Land for comment.

Casino at Teesside Park
Casino at Teesside Park
Under a £42m plan approved in March , the overall size of the park’s shopping areas will stay the same but the space for eating and drinking will increase FIVE fold, not including “pop up” eateries.

British Land says it’s “busy assessing the detail” of the massive scheme, after formal planning consent was granted earlier this year.

Most of the work will see the park’s “eastern terrace” – which stretches from Thomas Cook to Asda Living – revamped and reconfigured for shopping and eating, with some units – including the former Mothercare – to be demolished.

The letter to Middlesbrough Council’s planning department, on behalf of British Land, argues that although planning permission is usually needed for building and development work, as the mezzanine floors would only effect the building’s interior no further planning consent would be necessary.

It instead seeks a Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Use or Development.

The company says the original planning permission for the leisure park, granted in 1989, and all the updated planning permission documents granted since, did not prohibit new floors being created in any of the buildings at the Leisure Park, which also includes the Showcase Cinema and Hollywood Bowl.

The document says: “Teesside Leisure Park has seen little investment since it was developed in the early 1990s. Currently, the significant proportion of Block C [which includes the Millennium and the former casino] is vacant.

“British Land Leisure Ltd are exploring the potential to undertake a comprehensive refurbishment or redevelopment of the property. To input into the assessment of potential options, British Land Leisure Ltd are seeking to confirm with the Council the existing lawful position and the potential for the inclusion of additional floorspace at mezzanine level within the individual units.”

The current Burger King, Pizza Hut and Imperial City food outlets would see its available floor space doubled under the proposals, as would Hollywood Bowl.

The Showcase Cinema could see its available space creep up only slightly, from 6,417 sq m to 7,244 sq m.

The former Gala Bingo and Casino units could see the amount of indoor space increase by 300 to 400 sq m.

But proposals would see the former Millennium nightclub actually get smaller, if the proposals turn into reality.

As reported, the retail end of Teesside Park is set for a huge facelift in coming years.

British Land says Teesside is being overlooked by “a swathe” of top high street names that don’t see its town centre locations as suitable – and creating a “day out” experience for shoppers will improve “consumer choice”.

Under a £42m plan approved in March , the overall size of the park’s shopping areas will stay the same but the space for eating and drinking will increase FIVE fold, not including “pop up” eateries.

British Land says it’s “busy assessing the detail” of the massive scheme, after formal planning consent was granted earlier this year.

Most of the work will see the park’s “eastern terrace” – which stretches from Thomas Cook to Asda Living – revamped and reconfigured for shopping and eating, with some units – including the former Mothercare – to be demolished.

Source: Teesside Live

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