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SPRINGFIELDS OUTLET SHOPPING LOOKING TO EXPAND

Springfields Outlet in Spalding could see a range of additional new stores, cafes and restaurants if plans are approved.

Springfields Outlet has submitted plans to South Holland District Council for a major new investment in the centre.

Following community consultation last year, Springfields’ owners, the Triton Property Fund LP managed by UBS Asset Management, have finalised plans which could see around 15 new stores plus three café/restaurant units being built.

In addition to new retail and leisure space which has been specifically designed to attract premium brands, the development at Springfields Outlet also provides further investment into improvements of the Festival Gardens, along with 236 additional parking spaces and the introduction of more electric vehicle chargers.

The improvements to Springfields Outlet are proposed on Camelgate, on the site of the NFU Mutual building and the car park next to Travelodge. The NFU Mutual already has planning permission for new offices to be built on a new site next to Springfields.

If approved, the new proposals are expected to attract more high-end fashion retail which will complement Spalding town centre. This new space at Springfields Outlet is expected to create around 350 new jobs, taking the total number of people employed at the centre to around 1,000 jobs. Additionally, the new building for NFU Mutual will help to retain jobs in Spalding and provide them with modern offices.

Ian Sanderson of SLR Outlets, who operate Springfields Outlet said: “Springfields has gone from strength to strength since opening over 15 years ago and I am proud that we can lead on this significant investment into Spalding. New high-quality retail and leisure space at Springfields Outlet will improve our offer to customers, cement our position as the leading shopping and leisure destination in the east of England, and create a large number of new jobs for local people.”

The planning application will deliver the ambitions of the recently approved South East Lincolnshire Local Plan, which allocates additional retail space at Springfields Outlet. As part of the submitted plans, Springfields Outlet will work with the local authority and other stakeholders to ensure that the town centre and local area benefit from the expected increase in visitor numbers at Springfields Outlet.

Ian Sanderson added: “Over many years, Springfields Outlet has invested heavily in new technology and innovative ways of advertising and promoting Springfields and the town. This planning application gives us a renewed opportunity to work with the council and traders to promote the town centre and wider area.”

The final submitted proposals can be viewed on South Holland District Council’s website. A decision is expected in the summer.

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