Plans begin on south bank scheme

Plans for relocation by B&Q and Matalan free up space for riverside developement in Peterborough city centre

Proposals for a multi-million-pound transformation of the River Nene’s south bank in Peterborough city centre have taken a step forward. B&Q and Matalan stores have submitted planning applications to relocate to the city’s Boulevard retail park. This will free two sites for the south bank development. Detailed plans are expected to be ready by the end of 2006. The B&Q application seeks permission for a 9,700sq m store — more than three times the current store size — plus 4,645sq m for a garden centre and builders’ yard. The Government’s national regeneration agency English Partnerships and the East of England Development Agency will now be able to submit an outline planning application for the 16.5ha site. The south bank proposals are part of the Sustainable Communities Programme for the London-Stansted-Cambridge-Peterborough corridor. Outline proposals include river-frontage properties with landscaped open space

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