An £80m redevelopment of Hinckley town centre in Leicestershire has got the go ahead from the government.
The secretaries of state for transport and for communities and local government approved a compulsory purchase order and highway stopping up order that were needed for the scheme to start.
The scheme’s developers the Tin Hat Partnership, a joint venture between Wilson Bowden Developments and Ashcroft Estates, can now secure all the land for the scheme, which was subject to a public inquiry last November.
The 260,000 sq ft scheme will include 24 new retail and restaurant units as well as a 110,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s food store and a Cineworld cinema plus an underground car park and a new bus station.
Stuart Bray, leader of Hinckley and Bosworth council, said: “This is fantastic news for the town and means we shall soon start to see things happening. The exciting new shopping and commercial scheme will give the town centre a further boost, thanks to a superstore, cinema, fashion shops, family restaurants and a major new shoppers’ car park alongside a re-designed bus station. We are now looking forward to working with the developer on the construction programme.”
Tony Baker, a director of Tin Hat, said: “This is a crucial step in securing the delivery of this important project for the future of Hinckley. It will not only improve the retail provision in the town centre but provide much-needed new employment. Whilst there are a number of steps to be completed before work starts on site we are now able to move forward with confidence knowing that the entire site can be delivered.”
A start date has not yet been set for the scheme but it should complete in 2014.