Eyesore end of Corby town centre finally set for major building work

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These are the first images of the major changes that will create a modern new southern gateway into Corby town centre.

These are the first images of the major changes that will create a modern new Southern gateway into Corby town centre.

Owners Sovereign Centros are holding a public consultation today into the wide-reaching blueprints that will see the eyesore multi-storey car park knocked down and a new department store built, as well as 415 surface car parking spaces.

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Plans are expected to be submitted to Corby Council planners in the next two weeks for detailed planning permission for the car parking and outline planning permission for the shop and leisure units which will incorporate about 4,700 square metres of shop floor.

It is hoped that, if planning permission is granted, phase one of the car parking plans - which are on the space left vacant by the bus station - will begin next summer.

Then phase two of the parking scheme will begin, with the current gym car park improved.

Following that, the multi-storey car park will be pulled down to make way for phase three of the parking scheme.

The new shop units will be built only when an occupier for the large anchor store is found. Sovereign Centros are currently trying to attract a tenant with the preference for a single occupier in the largest unit rather than several smaller ones.

There will also be new shops at the end of Market Walk.

The old lift shaft will be retained for posterity, but the lift closed off, and there will be two new lifts in a new tower close by.

New glass-clad stairs will be available for pedestrians and a clever grassed-wall will provide a pretty entrance. The new shops will be clad in metalwork.

There will be pedestrian access from Elizabeth Street and Anne Street.

The site is a total of 2.4 hectares - the size of two football pitches - and ther will be a similar number of parking spaces to those already available in the multi-storey.

Vice-chair of Corby Council’s planning committee Cllr Anthony Dady said: “I am glad to have come along to have seen what potentially could happen subject to planning.

“It’s something we’ll be pleased to consider whether it would be of benefit to the people of Corby.”

The site was originally designated for a cinema and leisure complex but those plans were dumped after a rival cinema opened at the other end of town.

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