Retail park revamp plans
ONE of Teesside’s busiest retail parks could soon look very different.
Teesside Shopping Park is poised for a major facelift – with an “improved” mix of shops, new places to eat, extra pedestrian routes and a redevelopment of the car park.
Owner British Land has submitted its plan to Stockton Council to “secure the long-term future” of the park and “improve the experience” for visitors.
It wants to create more space outside shop fronts, add two key pedestrian routes and build new “large-scale canopy structures” in front of existing stores.
More places to eat is also high up the wishlist, with the firm claiming current choice for customers is “very limited”.
Plans involve losing some customer parking spaces but the company says it wants to “increase staff car parking to alleviate pressures on the customer car park”.
Existing public spaces will also get a makeover and bus services to the park will be improved. The level of investment has not yet been disclosed and it is not known whether the redevelopment could lead to more jobs.
A statement from Stockton Retail Park Ltd (SRP), part of British Land, says: “The success of this is very much achieved by creating the right environment.
“The re-planning of the customer car parking has allowed more space to be created adjacent to the shop fronts, which has been further expanded to the proposed east terrace known as ‘The Spark’.”
It also proposes: “A one-way customer car park split into zoned areas to improve car park efficiency, whilst also offering better pedestrian circulation. This includes two key pedestrian routes linking north to south, and east to west of the site.”
Retail space will be “reconfigured” and existing public space revamped, from “smallscale benches and street furniture, right the way to large-scale canopy structures, providing new weather protection and points of interest”.
‘Tired and patchy’ landscaping will also be spruced.
The statement added: “The reconfiguration of the car parking for customer and staff was discussed [with Stockton Council] and noting the loss of customer parking numbers and increase of staff car parking, a detailed highways report demonstrating how the site would operate would need to be provided with the application.”