Planning permission has been submitted for alterations to the back of The Viaduct Pub located on Lower Briggate, to create further retail space and 13 apartments. Currently housing the ‘Show Bar’ this will be a welcome addition to this vibrant gay friendly part of the city centre.
Sainsburys and Waitrose are both on the hunt for new city centre stores, Sainsburys are apparently interested in opening in the Railway Station, whilst Waitrose are looking at The Square on Boar Lane which is for sale as a development site.
Hammerson has submitted a revised planning application for its Eastgate Quarters scheme, to include 130 new stores, a new civic square, a 2,500 space car park, and the refurbishment of some important listed buildings. Marks and Spencer and John Lewis have already signed up for the scheme, which could yet be 5 years away. Some parties have expressed concerns about the number of new stores proposed but the developer is confident that the world of retailing will recover.