Holder Mathias’ plans annouced for Designer Outlet Village in Cannock

4 Jul 2014

Holder Mathias’ plans annouced for Designer Outlet Village in Cannock

The proposed designer outlet village would boast up to 130 designer outlet retail units, new restaurants and a cinema, together with approximately 2,000 car parking spaces within a beautifully landscaped development next to the Mill Green Nature Reserve.

It would include a mix of designer brands that are not found in local town centres, therefore offering a retail destination that could attract customers from all over the West Midlands.

Following extensive surveys and analysis, the Mill Green site has been identified as the very best location to maximise the potential of the proposed development.

The excellent public transport links will provide access from all parts of the region, and being in close proximity to Cannock town centre, existing traders and retailers are set to benefit from a huge influx of regional visitors and tourists from further afield.

If approved, the exciting 28,500 sq m (307,000 sq ft) retail and leisure destination would complement Cannock’s existing retail offer. It will be the biggest development of its kind in the region.

Rioja Developments and Development Securities will now start to consult extensively with local and regional communities as proposed plans are further developed. It is expected that the masterplan for the scheme will be made available in July and members of the public will have the opportunity to provide their views, before a planning application is submitted to the council later in the year.

Giles Membrey, Managing Director of Rioja Developments, said: “We are excited to be looking at an opportunity to develop a designer outlet village in Cannock for the West Midlands, especially as we know that there is limited choice in terms of this type of destination in the region.

“Our own market research and site searches clearly show that Mill Green is the best location in the West Midlands for our proposed scheme.

“This development will create hundreds of local jobs and trigger a much-needed injection of inward investment in the area.”

He added: “We are keen to consult key stakeholders and the local community in the coming weeks before we submit a planning application late in 2014. If approved, the development could be open for trade by spring 2017.”

Councillor George Adamson, Leader of Cannock Chase Council, added: “We’ve held very productive discussions with Development Securities and Rioja Developments with regards to delivering a designer outlet village at Mill Green.

“The council-owned site has enormous potential due to its strategic location and our hopes are that the development can create a new, unique retail destination for the region – providing a substantial economic boost to the area and putting Cannock Chase firmly on the map.

“We hope that extending the range of shopping to include designer outlet stores will complement our existing town centres to the benefit of all.

“We’ll now be working with the developers on a consultation programme and look forward to sharing the plans with the local community.”

Check out the project here.