Rugby’s shopping future revealed: new retail park plans go on show

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Shoppers have had a closer look at plans for the Elliot’s Field Retail Park development, the site for Debenhams’ new store in Rugby.

Exhibitions at Rugby library and the retail park gave the public a chance to have their say on the new scheme.

Computer-generated images showed the proposed size and appearance of the shopping centre, which will replace the existing one off Leicester Road.

Carl Jones, 53, of Roper Close, said: “It looks quite good compared to the existing outdated site. I didn’t realise they were going to demolish it and re-start again.”

Val Dester of Hinde Close said: “It’s a shame it’s not in the town but it’s good for the town. I was a bit concerned about the car parking but I’m told it will be OK because there will be about 150 more parking spaces.

“My only real concern is the traffic down the Leicester Road, but they’re going to see what they can do about that.”

Site owner Hammerson says it will use people’s views to help with the final planning application, which is expected to be made in the early part of next year.

Viewing the plans, Rugby MP Mark Pawsey said: “It’s great to see the developers here taking note of what people have got to say.

“I’m sure that many of the things that they get told about here will work their way into what happens down at Elliot’s Field.”

He expressed hope that the out-of-town site and the town centre could come together with a marketing campaign to encourage people to spend their money Rugby.

“We’ve lost consumers who have gone to Leamington to do their shopping,” he said. “Let’s keep them here down at Elliot’s Field, but also let’s encourage them to support the town centre where we’ve got some fantastic, distinctive independents offering slightly different products.”