Portsmouth city centre in desperate need of more shops says Cascades director

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IT is ‘critical’ Portsmouth city centre’s shops are linked in with future plans for the Northern Quarter.

That is the message from Rhoda Joseph, centre director for Cascades Shopping Centre, following the demise of £300m proposals to develop the nearby former Tricorn Centre site into a major retail complex.

Portsmouth City Council, the landowner, and developer Centros are now discussing whether new plans can be worked up after the 10-year shopping vision was scrapped for financial reasons.

Ms Joseph said: ‘I’m disappointed it won’t be happening, but certainly better integration with existing shops really is absolutely critical.

‘We would be delighted to be involved in plans going forward.

‘Portsmouth city centre is in desperate need of more retail.

‘It’s also in desperate need for more residential space that is of mixed occupancy and of better offices and leisure activities.

‘If we were to have a new development that would address most of that, that would be very welcome.’

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It comes after Councillor Donna Jones, leader of the council, released a video stressing the importance of Cascades being included.

Cllr Jones believes Cascades would not have benefited from the previous proposals because it did not seem to have connections with existing shops.

‘I’ve always been concerned that a Northern Quarter shopping development would have left Cascades pretty much redundant,’ she said.

‘So incorporating the regeneration and redevelopment of Cascades into any future scheme will make sure we are securing that asset, which is a key building in the centre of the city as well. So I am hoping to bring back plans and options to all members of the public over the next six months on how the scheme could work and be redesigned.’

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