Former Toys 'R' Us to be transformed under plans which could create more than 100 jobs
Plans have been submitted to transform the site of Toys R Us
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 23 Nov 2018
The former Toys 'R' Us unit in Scunthorpe is set to be brought back to life under plans which could create more than 100 jobs.
Proposals have been submitted which would see the building transformed into three separate retail units.
As well as sub-dividing the unit, the application also seeks planning permission for a rear extension into the existing service yard, the installation of a mezzanine floor, alterations to the car park and service yard and associated works and development.
It has been submitted by property agent Savills on behalf of investor RPMI Railpen and would see the building brought back into use, having stood empty since March.
In the application, the company states it expects 106 full-time jobs to be created by the proposal, with one of the newly sub-divided units to become a food store.
The former Toys 'R' Us branch on the Gallagher Retail Park in Scunthorpe, which closed in March (Image: Scunthorpe Live)
Material submitted with the application by Savills says: "All three units will be used for retail purposes within Class A1.
"Unit A1 will measure approximately 1,686 square metres and be used as a food store and also sell a proportion of comparison goods.
"Units A2 and A3 will be equally sized, and will both measure approximately 697 square metres."
No details on which retailers could move into the new units is included in the application.
The proposal would also see amendments to car parking at the site, resulting in a reduction of 11 spaces. There would, however, be eight new spaces for bicycle parking.
The application says: "The existing car park will undergo minor reconfiguration, and the effect of this will allow for the creation of seven new parent and child spaces and five new disabled parking spaces.
"These spaces will be located on the western side of the food store and will allow for easy access for customers.
"There will be a net reduction of 11 car parking spaces."
The development would come as a boost to retail in Scunthorpe, which has seen a number of major chains leave the area in recent years.
Evans is among the chains to have recently closed branches in Scunthorpe (Image: Scunthorpe Live)
The town centre has been hit particularly hard, with the departure of businesses including BHS, TJ Hughes, HMV, Thornton's, Evans and H&M.
The Toys 'R' Us branch started trading in July 2002 after more than £2 million was invested on building a the large unit.
But it was announced last December as one of 25 stores across the country which would be closing, before Toys 'R' Us UK was later placed into administration.
The planning application to transform the building into three units is now under consideration by North Lincolnshire Council, which will determine at a later date whether the project can go ahead.