Leicester

Crown Estate plans Fosse Park redevelopment

Fosse Park shopping area Image copyright Google
Image caption The Fosse Park shopping area opened in 1989 and currently houses 40 stores

A Leicestershire retail park is to get an injection of investment after being purchased by the Crown Estate.

Fosse Park, near junction 21 of the M1, opened in 1989 and was bought in August for £345.5m.

Plans are now being prepared to improve parking and traffic congestion and the appearance of units.

Ernie White, leader of Blaby District Council, said the new owners had met with the council to clear up "potential planning questions".

"Fosse Park is the gateway from Blaby into the city and they see it as an investment that they think they can improve," said Mr White.

"I think it could be a better view when you come into the city, at the moment all you see are far too many backs of sheds."

Paul Clarke, director of investments at Crown Estates, said: "Two things we want to address are parking and congestion issues around the park and we believe it has become rather tired over the last few years.

"We are very concerned to address the quality of what we call the common areas - where people have to walk and park - and the facilities available to make sure a location like Fosse Park is as good as it can be."

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