‘Positive’ feedback to Northern Quarter plan

Directors and staff from Centros together with Portsmouth City Council showed proposed plans for The Northern Quarter in the Market Way car park on Saturday ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (132952-7555)
Directors and staff from Centros together with Portsmouth City Council showed proposed plans for The Northern Quarter in the Market Way car park on Saturday ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (132952-7555)

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THE developer behind a set of ideas for the Northern Quarter regeneration has said more than 80 percent of those who visited its consultation this week were in favour of its plans.

Seven hundred people visited the public consultation, which opened on Thursday. Around 83 percent of those who filled in feedback forms said they would like to see Centros’s plans become reality.

The private developer, which owns the old Tricorn centre site, hopes to build a shopping centre complete with 50 to 60 shops, cafes and restaurants, a cinema, hotel and two housing blocks.

Steve Bryson, who is acting as Centros’s spokesman, said: ‘The final number of people who visited the cabin was 708 which was pretty good for three days. It is difficult to gauge these things wherever they are so we are just happy with what we got. It all depends on the location of the consultation.

‘Generally it was very positive. I have not looked through a huge amount of the written feedback yet, but we have had at least 80 percent of people in favour of our plans.

‘That is only from the ones that we have had in from the exhibition. There will be some that come in from freepost and on the website which we have not read yet.’

Although the company’s exhibition only lasted three days, closing on Saturday afternoon, plans and information about the proposed redevelopment are still available online. There is no closing for comments to be made online.

Mr Bryson said the most common questions put to the company during its consultation included which department store will be in the proposed centre.

‘I think a lot of people want to know which department store will be there, and obviously we can’t say that at the moment. We had people asking why it was not a covered centre so we have tried to explain that.

‘The advantage of open sites and having the whole development open 24 hours a day is linking with the existing sites to make it a fully integrated part of the city centre and not something that closes its doors at night.’

Portsmouth City Council conducted its own consultation on the proposed changes to the road layout around the site, which closed today.