Mansfield council ditch plans for retail development

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Long-term aims to convert a temporary town centre park into a retail development have been scrapped by planners.

Mansfield District Council admit that trading has ‘deteriorated’ in the town and hopes to convert the car park to the rear of the town hall into retail and office units now seems ‘unlikely’.

An application will be put to the planning committee to keep the Tarmacced area as a permanent pay and display car park.

The car park, which is off Queen Street and adjacent to both Exchange Row and Queens Walk, was first constructed in 2010 and was the site of the former indoor market which had been unused for several years prior.

The idea to build a new town library on the site also failed to come to fruition.

The council also argues that the Queen’s Place development needed ‘substantial grant funding’ to make it viable, and any development would need similar outside financial backing

There are 15 spaces in total, including four disabled bays.

The council says that, as a car park, it has provided a useful facility for shoppers, especially for disabled drivers because of its close proximity to the town centre.

In a statement by the council to support the planning application, it reads: “Unfortunately, planning permission for a substantial development comprising of retail on the ground floor and office space over several floors was not implemented as the developer could not identify occupants willing to agree a lease in advance.

“Since this time, economic conditions have deteriorated and development of this site now seems unlikely. In contrast, the use of the site as a public car park has been well used.”