Multi-million pound retail plans for former coach park revealed

Plans have been unveiled for a new discount supermarket on the site of the former Bridlington coach park.

The £8m investment from North East developer Fintry Estates could create around 70 jobs and would include additional retail, and food and drink outlets.

Fintry has appointed national planning and development consultancy Lichfields to manage the application.

A public consultation on the proposals will take place next week.

Graham Wilson, of Fintry Estates, said: “The development represents an exciting opportunity to regenerate a currently under-utilised site in a gateway location on the approach to Bridlington town centre.

“It would enhance the existing range and choice of shopping provision serving local residents and help deliver additional spin-off trade for existing facilities in the centre. We look forward to working with the council to help deliver this important site.”

The Bridlington Town Centre Area Action Plan, adopted in January 2013, allocated the 1.4 ha site at Hilderthorpe Road, adjacent to Bridlington railway station, for a supermarket.

Earlier this year the town’s new coach park at Limekiln Lane was opened following a £1m investment by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The council has selected Fintry as its preferred developer for the Hilderthorpe Road scheme, which could include:
-a new discount foodstore of around 2,000 sqm floorspace;
-four additional units, comprising around 2,000 sqm total floorspace for either retail, or food and beverage operators
-Around 240 car parking spaces

Jonathan Wallace, senior director at Lichfields, said: “The proposals have the potential to generate approximately 70 full-time equivalent jobs and would represent a significant investment in the local area.

“Such a development cannot realistically be accommodated in the town’s main retail area, given the lack of available sites.”

Cllr Stephen Parnaby, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council is pleased to be working with Fintry Estates, as the preferred developer, and planning and development consultancy Lichfields to bring these exciting multi-million-pound proposals forward.

“The regeneration of the town continues to be a top priority for this council and the current Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan Phase 2 (BridITP2) works are playing a vitally important role in opening up town centre sites for development.

“Securing an £8 million private investment, including a 2,000 sqm discount supermarket and four smaller units for shops and restaurants as well as 240 car parking spaces, will provide a boost to the local economy and create much-needed employment opportunities for local people.

“The council would urge residents to come along to the consultation event at Bridlington Spa and have their say.”

The public exhibition is being held on Thursday July 12 at Bridlington Spa between 3pm and 6pm.