Posted: Mon 28th Oct 2019

Plans for pop up retail pods and refreshment vans at Broughton Shopping Park given green light

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Oct 28th, 2019

New retail pods and refreshments vans are set to be introduced at Broughton Shopping Park to improve the experience of visitors.

Flintshire planners have given the go-ahead for a number of temporary structures to be used as ‘pop-up’ shops as well as a places for shoppers to have lunch.

Broughton Unit Trust, which runs the retail park on behalf of parent company British Land PLC, said the aim is to boost the existing services on offer for a period of up to five years.

In total the units would take up a space measuring close to a thousand square metres.

In planning documents submitted to Flintshire Council, the company said: “British Land Plc across all their assets, aim to create buildings and environments which offer the highest quality of design in both form and function with engaging architecture and a fully integrated public realm.

[Examples of the non-permanent refreshment units submitted as part of the application]

“The ‘pop-up’ retail pod initiative is a way of looking beyond individual buildings to think about the spaces around them.

“The units provide attractive places to rest or have lunch outside while people are shopping to create a greener, more pedestrian friendly environment.

“The general principle is to improve and enliven empty or underused spaces by creating variety and interesting structures with integrated landscaping, to make their retail centres look and feel more unique and distinctive.”

The company said similar temporary units were already in existence in other parts of the retail park.

Officials added many of the pods would be made from reused shipping containers, causing less harm to the environment than building more permanent shops.

Plans were approved by a Flintshire Council delegated officer last week. 

 

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