PLANS have now been submitted for a huge new shopping centre in Halifax with a 500-space car park.
It will mean demolishing stores in Horton Street to create space for large, modern retail units the town has been crying out for.
The Royal London Property Fund, which owns the site, is talking to potential occupiers.
Proposals for redeveloping the land between Horton Street, Union Street and New Road, went on display in the summer.
The outline planning application could be determined by mid-January.
The Pennine Centre is home to Argos and B&M Bargains, which would be lost, along with The Pump Room pub and Halford’s auto centre.
But the developers say all the premises are outdated.
Planning consultants Colliers International said: “Royal London has explored redevelopment opportunities to meet aspirations for modern retailing.
“The site marks the southern extent of the town centre and the scope to redevelop it as a major attraction seems logical.”
with the redevelopment OF Broad Street, it would help draw people through and around the town.
Michael Schorah, of The Harris Partnership, architects for the scheme, said: “The design is striking and will be a welcome addition to the town centre.
“We are delighted to be playing such a key role in regenerating the town which is becoming a great retail destination.”
It is expected the site will be occupied by one large retailer or split into two or three units, plus a restaurant at the corner of Horton Street and Union Street.
The plans incorporate a two-storey underground car park, over which would be the retail floors accessed by lifts, escalators and stairs. The entrance to the car park would be at the bottom of the site off Church Street, NEAR where The Pump Room now stands.
It is intended to restore the former furniture store at 68 Horton Street, which will be the subject of a separate planning application.
Between 68 and the new shopping centre will be a pedestrian route to the listed warehouses at Deal Street, the new car park and taxi point.
“The height of the building reflects nearby properties and ensures that the listed buildings are not prejudiced,” say the architects.