Outline planning permission for the new out-of-town complex has been granted at tonight’s planning committee meeting at County Hall.
The development, which will sit on the site of the current Newport Football Club ground, is expected to see Aldi and Wickes arriving in Newport alongside a new McDonalds drive-thru and a number of other retail units. However, plans for a 24 hour gym have been scrapped.
There will be parking for nearly 300 cars with access off Godric Road, opposite Asda.
Tonight’s decision kick-starts work to relocate Newport FC to a new state-of-the-art sports facility off Racecourse at Whippingham, to be known as WightFibre Park.
It is hoped that construction of the new retail park will begin next year.
Paul Airey, South Coast Leisure’s planning consultant, previously said:
“This will bring a different retail offering to Newport giving customers a greater choice and more reasons to travel to Newport. It will also help to maintain retail spend on the Island by increasing consumer choice.
“This is a site that has been ready for development for many years and we are delighted to be finally bringing forward a plan that will not only give customers a new retail offering but will also create a significant number of jobs for local people.
“It will also end years of uncertainty for Newport Football Club by providing them with a brand-new facility that will also provide a sporting and social amenity for the wider community.”
Councillor Julie Jones-Evans dramatically resigned from the Council’s planning committee after declaring tonight’s meeting ‘distressing’. Cllr Jones-Evans has a shop in the heart of Newport.