A £175 million city centre regeneration scheme has moved a step closer after councillors approved an initial plan.
Urbo now has outline planning permission for West Bar Square, a development of office space, residential space, a four-star hotel, shops and restaurants bordered by Corporation Street, Bridge Street and West Bar.
The firm must submit detailed plans for the scheme before construction can begin.
Councillors were unanimous in their support for the development, which Urbo says will extend the city centre and create about 5,000 jobs.
Coun Peter Price queried exactly where the residential space would be, but called it a ‘brilliant’ scheme.
He added: “It’s going to provide footfall for making things like the Old Town Hall and the market site viable, because there are going to be more people around.
“It’s going to be a massive boost and I welcome it. I just hope they can pull it off.”
Coun Alan Law said the development would add to the council’s own Grey to Green regeneration project.
He added: “The site has been an eyesore for a number of years. But there is some incredible planting in West Bar and this will complement it, without a doubt.”
Council officers did highlight a request from the Ministry of Justice to maintain vehicle access to the law courts, which West Bar Square would surround on three sides. A condition was attached to the permission, requiring the developers to keep access in place.
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