Redevelopment of Guildford Debenhams could include shops, restaurants and access to the river

A new planning application for the redevelopment of Debenhams in Guildford has been submitted. Property developer Native Land bought the site in December 2020 and proposes to turn the site, now called St Mary’s Wharf, into a new and sustainable riverside destination for the town. The site has been empty since Debenhams closed its doors in May when the company went into administration. The submission follows three rounds of public consultation for the creation of a high-quality development with new public access to the River Wey as well as shops, eateries…

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Boom Battle Bar Sheffield: New £1m venue

A new 12,000 square foot venue with an ‘entertainment battleground full of competitive gaming’ including axe throwing, a battle baseball batting cage, beer pong and indoor ice curling is set to open in the city centre. A spokesperson for Boom Battle Bar (BBB) said the venue is set to open in the leisure section of The Moor’s shopping complex, next to The Light cinema in the ‘first quarter of next year’. ‘North of £1 million’ is to be spend on the venue, which will create 40 jobs, combining a ‘premium bar, food offering and…

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Wigan approves £135m regen in face of resident criticism

A hybrid application for the redevelopment of the 440,000 sq ft Galleries Shopping Centre has been backed by the council, paving the way for a start on site in January.  Approval comes in the face of public backlash over the loss of the old indoor market and the appointment of China-backed construction firm BCEGI as part of the development consortium.  BCEGI, in a joint venture lead by Chester-based developer Cityheart, sought hybrid consent for the £135m development at a meeting of Wigan Council’s planning committee yesterday.  At one point during the meeting, an objector…

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