A second drive-thru – possibly thought to be Costa Coffee – is planned to sit alongside McDonalds at the brand new St George’s Retail Park in Newport, which will now be smaller in scale with nearly 20% less retail floorspace.
A revised planning application for the retail park on the site of the former Newport Football Club ground at St George’s Way has been submitted by Island-based developers South Coast Leisure.
The proposal seeks approval for a slightly smaller development to that approved in October 2019 with nearly 20% less retail floor space, together with a second drive-thru restaurant.
All but 1 of the retail units have confirmed tenants, although, as with the original application, these are not being named for commercial reasons. However, it is thought that McDonalds will occupy one of the drive-thrus and Wickes will occupy a DIY/garden centre unit. Aldi is also rumoured to be taking on one of the units.
It is estimated that the project will create upwards of 250 jobs – if work ever gets underway.
An updated retail impact assessment by retail specialists Savills has concluded the plan would have no significant adverse impact on Newport town centre or on other towns on the Island.
The plan provides parking for 275 cars and nearly 100 cycles and also includes landscaping features.
Planning agent Paul Airey said:
“While commercial interest in the scheme has remained strong, this new application reduces the amount of speculative floorspace proposed to ensure the scheme is operational from the start. There is significant interest in the remaining unit and we are confident that a confirmed let will be secured at an early stage.
“The scheme will not directly compete with retail uses in the town centre but will provide a valuable and complementary addition to the retail offer in the town as a whole.
“As we emerge from the pandemic, this development will offer the public new retail outlets and very significant new job opportunities as well as ensuring the funding to deliver the already approved new football stadium for Newport FC and the wider community.”