Yatton shopping centre in line for a £1m overhaul
Yatton's shopping precinct could get a million pound makeover.
Proposals have been put forward to revitalise the precinct, which was built in the 1970s, in the centre of the North Somerset village.
Plans include expanding the current Co-operative supermarket by an additional 3,500sqft.
The supermarket would be extended at the front and the side with a new cafe area, where people could sit outside, being created.
A new clock tower would also be incorporated into the development and all the ten shops in the precinct would have new canopies.
The main precinct area would be re-paved and an old dead tree, a central feature of the shopping complex, would be removed and replaced.
A new roundabout would be put in at the bottom of Chescombe Road and a new access to the extended store would be created.
The existing zebra crossing would be moved a few yards along the High Street to make way for the new roundabout.
The precinct is owned by Jersey-based family trust, Chiltern Properties Limited, and the scheme is being project managed by Bristol -based company DJ Foley Limited.
Plans for the revitalisation of the precinct have now gone on show in the parish council offices as part of the pre-planning application consultation.
Feedback on the proposals will be fed into the scheme before a planning application is submitted.
Shops currently in the precinct include a bank, pound shop, chemist, charity shops and hairdressers.
There is a cafe and a number of flats above the shops.
Talks about the development have already been held with Yatton Parish Council and North Somerset Council.
The scheme has been designed by Roger Ellams of Angus Meek who was the architect who designed the new £51-million Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare.
If plans – expected to be submitted later this year – are approved, consent will then have to be sought from the highways authority to install the new roundabout.
It is hoped the new roundabout will help slow down the speed of traffic travelling through the High Street – a long time bug bear for villagers.
Work could start on the site the summer of 2013 and the Co-op store would remain open during the work.
DJ Foley Ltd director David Foley said: “The scheme is still in the early stages and we have been talking to the parish council and North Somerset Council for some time about the project.
“Although we have agreed in principle a deal with the Co-op, this has not yet been signed.
“This is a scheme that aims to protect Yatton as a retail centre from the larger stores in Clevedon and Nailsea.
“It will greatly improve the offering to shoppers.
“The feedback so far has been generally positive and comments will be used as part of the planning application process.”