A planning application has been submitted to transform the former Marks & Spencer site in Newark.
Newark and Sherwood District Council has finalised its plans for the location in Stodman Street, which would see 29 new homes and between two and four new retail units.
The council took over ownership there in March last year however, after receiving no “viable” offers for a large retail premises, they say they started looking to reconfiguring the building for smaller retail spaces.
The site has been vacant since spring 2019 and is described as a “visible gap on the high street” in the town.
If planning permission is granted, demolition works are due to begin in April 2022, with construction on site targeted for a start date of November of that year.
Councillor David Lloyd, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council and Co-Chair of Newark Towns Fund Board, said: “These are really exciting plans for Newark, to create new, high quality homes, retail space and job opportunities in the heart of the town centre.
“This will in turn drive local activity, footfall, dwell time and public spend, ultimately driving a catalyst to wider town-centre regeneration.
“I know that since the site became vacant in spring 2019 there has been a visible gap on the high street, which isn’t at all appealing to residents and visitors. Thanks to central government funding we can now submit these plans to redesign the area and bring this key site back into use for everyone to enjoy.”
The redevelopment of the site was one of nine priority projects set out in Newark’s ‘Town Investment Plan’ (TIP) which was developed by a dedicated Newark Towns Fund Board,