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Bircherley Green planning application submitted

Monday 17 February 2020

A new planning application has been submitted for the redevelopment of Bircherley Green shopping centre.

The site was acquired by Chase New Homes last year after the previous developer Wrenbridge withdrew from the project and the site was sold by the Diageo Pension Trust.

A planning application was initially submitted on 23rd December 2019 but could not be processed due to incomplete documentation.

Chase New Homes are seeking planning permission for a mixed use development of homes,  commercial units and a hotel.

Mixed use re-development comprising partial demolition of existing buildings and replacement with 3479.40 square metres of commercial floorspace (Use Classes A1-A4, B1, D1 and D2), an 86-bed hotel (Use Class C1), 100 residential apartments (use class C3), alterations to an existing car park, new bus station facilities and associated works and improvements.

The proposals include a community square and shops at ground level with access to the bus station and river. The upper levels would be residential with parking provided in the existing but reconfigured multi-storey cark park.

The retail space will be flexible, allowing individual units to be whatever size the retailer requires. Chase are currently in talks with a national beauty and pharmacist operator to occupy 566 sq.m. Discussions are also taking plans to provide an 800 sq.m 'super surgery' for the local NHS.

An 86-bed hotel is also proposed on the corner of Railway Street and Bircherley Street, expected to be a Premier Inn. There is already planning permission for a hotel on the site, although the design in this application differs from the previous plans. A restaurant will also feature on the ground floor.

The proposed parking arrangements are the same as those agreed with the previous owner - 40 dedicated residential parking spaces, 143 pay-and-display parking spaces and 5 car club electric vehicle charging points.

The public have three weeks to comment on the planning application.

More information can be found on the District Council's planning portal using the reference 3/19/2614/FUL.

The statutory time limit for determining planning applications is usually 13 weeks for major development

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