Plans to transform former Marks and Spencer store in Newark town centre soon to be submitted
A planning application is due to be submitted in the coming weeks to transform the site of the former Marks and Spencer store in Newark town centre.
It is intended to keep the facade of the old store on Stodman Street and demolish the building behind it, under the plans being drawn up by owners Newark and Sherwood District Council.
The store would be replaced with new commercial and retail space on the ground floor, with residential apartments above.
Carparking spaces to serve the apartments will also be accommodated.
The plans include proposals to widen St Mark’s Lane between Stodman Street and Lombard Street to create more public space and allow for better accessibility.
The widening would provide an improved public space and outside seating areas associated with the new commercial units that form part of the proposal. The widening by approximately 8m will allow for better views and movements between Lombard Street and Stodman Street, which will assist with viability and wayfinding within the town.
It will also reinstate one of the original historical routes from Lombard street through to the market place.
The district council, which bought the building for £540,000 before it went to public auction following Marks and Spencer’s closure, continues to progress its plans to redevelop the building as part of the £25m Newark Town Deal announced for Newark by the government.
Stodman Street is one of nine long-term projects to regenerate the town centre, boost businesses, increase activity, and improve infrastructure.
Council leader David Lloyd, who is co-chairman of the Towns Fund Board, said: “Since the departure of Marks and Spencer, footfall in the town centre has noticeably declined.
“However, we are forging ahead with our ambitious plans to address and reverse this.
“The plans for Stodman Street will mark another step as part of overall proposals for regenerating and reinvigorating Newark.
“Bringing the space back into use for commercial activity, new residents and greater footfall and local spend will act as a catalyst for further regeneration alongside the Towns Fund projects, and the interventions we have already made at the Buttermarket and former Robin Hood Hotel.”