Springfields Outlet is hoping to expand adding more than a dozen new stores and eateries – and now it’s time to have your say on the plans.
Springfields Outlet, has already developed into a new shopping and leisure destination but has today announced proposals for a major new investment in the centre. Major brands have already shown an interest in joining the centre and owners the Triton Property Fund are launching a public consultation on plans which could see around 15 new stores and new cafes and restaurants being built.
The Joint Strategic Planning Committee has agreed to adopt the new South East Lincolnshire Local Plan, prepared jointly by Boston Borough Council and South Holland District Council. The Local Plan supports the provision of new retail space in Spalding at Springfields.
Ian Sanderson of SLR Outlets, who operate Springfields said: “I’ve been involved with Springfields Outlet since the very beginning and 2018 was undoubtedly our most successful year, despite the challenging retail environment nationally. During last year new retailers including Joules, Jack Wills, White Stuff and The Cosmetics Company Store have all opened stores here. Also the new family attraction Adventure Land has welcomed thousands of people since it opened in the summer.”
The future improvements to Springfields Outlet are proposed on Camel Gate, on the site of the NFU Mutual building and the car park next to Travelodge.
The proposed new development includes 15 new stores for well-known brands; up to four new restaurants and cafes; 236 additional parking spaces, and the introduction of more electric vehicle chargers.
Springfields Outlet has secured an agreement with NFU Mutual to relocate their offices to a new site next to Springfields. This will be the subject of a separate planning application. Additionally, the new building for NFU Mutual will help to retain jobs in Spalding and provide them with modern offices.
Replacement car parking will be built further along Camel Gate.
It’s expected that around 350 new jobs would be created, adding to the 650 jobs already at Springfields. As part of these proposals, Springfields will work with the council and others to identify ways to further encourage people to visit Spalding town centre.
Ian Sanderson added: “South East Lincolnshire’s new Local Plan supports the proposed expansion of the retail offer at Springfields. In addition, we’ve had interest from a number of new high-quality brands, none of which have existing local stores. Springfields is small in comparison to other outlet centres in the country, but by extending we can further improve the overall offer at Springfields, helping to attract more visitors to the area and in turn creating more jobs for local people.
“However, before we submit a planning application to South Holland District Council, we would like to know what local people think of the proposals. So we would encourage people to attend the public consultation or view the proposals online and give us their views.”
Before they submit their plans, Springfields Outlet want to hear from the community are are holding an exhibition of the proposals will be held in Unit 9, next to Chapelle Jewellery on North Avenue at Springfields on Friday March 22, between 3pm and 6pm and on Saturday March 23, between 10am and 4pm.
Information about the extension plans will also be available on a dedicated website – www.springfields-newstores.co.uk.