Norcross Retail Site artists impression

Norcross Retail Site is Off

Kier Property Developments submitted their planning application in early February 2017. The proposal was to create the new Norcross Retail Site on land at Norcross Lane.

The development arm of Kier Group then announced in February 2019 that it had exchanged contracts with Marks and Spencer for a 20,000 sq ft unit at the scheme.

In October 2021, it became apparent that Norcross Retail Site is off. Another planning application has been submitted for by McDermott Homes for housing on the same site. You can view it on the Wyre Council website, using reference 21/01089/FULMAJ.

This is great news for Cleveleys town centre especially as Marks and Spencer has confirmed that they are staying in Cleveleys. An out-of-town shopping site so close by would have drained commerce out of the town.

Norcross Retail Site attracts other operators

Drive Thru’ operators Costa Coffee and Taco Bell had committed to opening units. Advanced negotiations were also taking place with other national brands with a view to letting the remaining space at Norcross Retail Site prior to starting work.

Tom Gilman, managing director for Kier Property (North) commented: “The 72,000 sq ft development and signing of Marks and Spencer to 20,000 sq ft has provided confidence to the other retailers and we expect to exchange with other leading brands shortly, with the scheme expecting to be on site in summer 2019.”

Kier Property has delivered more than one million sq ft of retail space across 18 schemes.

We went to take a look at the site –

The original proposal

The site was formerly occupied by the Department for Work and Pensions. Jobs were transferred to Peel Park at South Shore in late 2013. The buildings were demolished and the site cleared in November/December 2013.

The site was sold by Telereal Trillium with outline planning permission for housing and a retail development to Kier Property Developments. In February 2017 plans were submitted to Wyre Council.

The proposals for the site at Norcross Lane, Thornton Cleveleys, FY5 3TZ include plans for 8 new units:

  • Unit 1: Discount foodstore (Class A1)
  • Units 3 & 6: Two food retail units (Class A1)
  • Units 2, 4 & 5: Three non food retail units (Class A1)
  • Unit 7: Divisible unit – Coffee Shop (Class A1/A3) Retail units (A1/A2/A3/A5)
  • Unit 8: Restaurant (Class A3/A5)
Aerial view of the proposed Norcross Retail Site
Aerial view of the proposed Norcross retail development, taken from the planning application

Customer parking includes a total of 354 spaces accessed from Norcross Lane. 14 disabled/accessible spaces, 8 parent and child spaces, 2 grill spaces and 4 cycle space areas around the site perimeter. Additionally, there will be 27 staff parking spaces to the rear of the units.

Pedestrian access routes and servicing and structured low level maintenance landscaping are part of the plans.

You can find the full planning application here

Artists impression of Norcross Retail Site
Artists impression of Norcross Retail Site

Telereal Trillium completes the sale of six acres of land at Norcross Lane, Thornton Cleveleys to Kier Property for £3.4m.

Published November 2016

The land, 4.5 miles north of Blackpool, was sold with planning consent for a retail park. Providing a total of 45,000sqft of space.

The plans provide for an 18,000 sqft supermarket together with a variety of other retail units and a drive thru food outlet. Up to 200 new jobs will be created in the area.

The retail park forms part of a larger mixed-use regeneration plan for the site by Telereal Trillium. Including the development of c.170 homes, a retirement housing scheme, and 7.5 acres of land allocated for employment use. Telereal Trillium is currently marketing the residential land, to be sold in early 2017.

Mark Kelly is Disposals and Development Director at Telereal Trillium. He said: “The retail park plays a significant role in maximising the regeneration prospects of this major brownfield site. We’re delighted that Kier Property has chosen to develop out the retail park of the larger scheme. It will provide a balanced mix of uses and open significant opportunities for employment in the area.”

Tom Gilman is managing director (North) at Kier Property. He said: “We’re pleased to have completed this sale. It’s significant for both parties and will result in a development that will benefit the local area. It builds on our strong track record of significant investment in regenerating brownfield sites, particularly in the retail and leisure sector in the north of England.”

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5 thoughts on “Norcross Retail Site is Off”

  1. About time something was done on this site probably be started the same time as the Norcross roundabout upgrade causing total chaos for months. Do we really need a large retail park here ? Take a look at Freeport, another retail white elephant !

  2. Another nail in the coffin for local high street shops. These out of town developments, whilst providing local jobs, are not what is needed. We need the town centres investing in so that it isn’t only car drivers who benefit from the new stores. There is also the question of whether the potential increase in traffic contributing to air pollution, which we are told governments are serious about improving yet such schemes do little to help.

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