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Work on the long-awaited Potterdyke site redevelopment and Asda supermarket in Newark looks set to start next year — almost four years after the scheme was first announced.

The £50m project stalled over the issue of where the bus station should be sited.

Public pressure has ensured it will remain in its current location rather than being moved to The Wharf.

The rethink led to lengthy negotiations between Newark and Sherwood District Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and the Asda Consortium, which is behind the scheme.

The deputy leader of the district council, Mr Roger Blaney, said the county council was now satisfied with the design and specification of the station and, although more talks were needed about financing, there had been an agreement in principle about the operation and management.

He said it was anticipated that ownership of the station would be given to the district and county councils in equal shares.

The revised plans for the redevelopment, showing the new bus station, Asda supermarket, shops, doctors’ surgery, health centre and housing, have been submitted to the district council. The public have until October 15 to comment.

The plans are available at Kelham Hall and on the council’s website. Artists’ impressions of the development will be on show in the Town Hall.

The plan will be considered by the planning committee in November.

Mr Blaney said there had been substantial progress.

“This is a huge regeneration and would provide a state-of-the-art health centre and state-of-the-art GP surgery whose 17,000 patients would benefit from the improvement,” he said.

The district council cabinet has agreed that the exclusivity agreement for the consortium to use the Potterdyke site be extended to December 31, with a further three-month extension available if required to allow the final agreements to be approved.

The site is owned by the district council and will be sold to the Asda Consortium, which includes the developers, Simons Developments Ltd, and M. F. Strawson, the owners of the Robin Hood Hotel.

The Asda supermarket building design remains unchanged, as do the 11 retail units, although unit six will now have shop frontages on to Lombard Street, and unit eight is proposed to be a café. The health clinic on Portland Street is unchanged.

The bus station would have five pull-in bays behind a building fronting Lombard Street.

Buses would enter and leave from Lombard Street.

To make way for the station the GP surgery will be above two of the shop units. The entrance will be on Portland Street.

There will be 414 parking spaces, and a taxi rank.

Comments can be submitted by email to planning@nsdc.info, or in writing to Planning Services, Newark and Sherwood District Council, Kelham Hall.

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