Shropshire

First part of £200m Telford Shopping Centre revamp approved

Artists impression of revamped Telford Shopping Centre Image copyright Sovereign Land
Image caption The new restaurants and cafés at Telford Shopping Centre will be housed in a new building with a curved frontage

Plans for the first phase of a £200m redevelopment of Telford Shopping Centre have been given the go-ahead.

Five or six restaurants and cafés will be housed in a new building on the site of the former Focus DIY store.

The store has already been demolished and work on first phase, called the Southern Quarter, is expected to start next spring.

New shops and a hotel will later be built in Central Square as part of a five-year plan.

Image copyright Sovereign Land
Image caption Built on the former Focus DIY store, work on the new building is expected to start next spring

The scheme was approved by Telford & Wrekin Council officers using delegated powers. It has been designed to complement the £250m Southwater development, which opened in July.

Tim Binnington, chairman of Sovereign Land, which runs the centre, said: "The Southern Quarter will meet demand for more restaurant and café space, which has already been demonstrated by the huge success of Southwater.

"We are in discussion with a number of potential occupiers for the units. Now that we have planning consent, we can start to formalise these negotiations and we hope to be able to confirm names soon."

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