Plans unveiled for £50m designer village which would create up to 800 jobs

The Northern Echo: DESIGNER OUTLET: An artist's impression of the new designer village at Scotch Corner. DESIGNER OUTLET: An artist's impression of the new designer village at Scotch Corner.

UP to 800 jobs could be created by a £50m designer outlet village planned for Scotch Corner.

Draft plans have been drawn up for the 250,000 sq ft complex featuring 90 stores selling goods from top international brands, as well as restaurants and cafes.

Scotch Corner LLP, the company behind the scheme, said it was seeking to emulate the success of Bicester Village, in Oxfordshire, by attracting designer clothing retailers including Armani, Prada and Gucci.

Simon Waterfield, from Scotch Corner LLP, said: "We have been looking at this site for some time and our retail specialists have undertaken extensive research which has concluded that Scotch Corner is ideally located and accessible to a significant customer catchment in the North of England and beyond.

"The site is highly visible and we expect around two-thirds of customers to be passers-by on the A1(M).”

The greenfield site, which is adjacent to the Scotch Corner junction of the A1(M), already has planning permission for warehouses and offices.

Preliminary discussions have taken place with officials from Richmondshire District Council.

A public consultation will now take place ahead of a new planning application being submitted later this summer.

If the plans are approved, it is hoped the complex will open in 2016.

Mr Waterfield added: “The region does not adequately cater for top international brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Prada, Lacoste, Hugo Boss, Dior, Calvin Klein and Armani.

"We aim to bring global brands like these to around 90 purpose-built outlet shops along with restaurants and cafes to create a superb retail destination.

"We are looking forward to discussing our plans locally and hope that as many people as possible will visit our public exhibition or our dedicated website.

"We would like to hear as much feedback as possible before finalising our plans.”

Jeff Downes, director at architects Corstorphine and Wright, which have been commissioned to design the outlet village, said: “Our objective is to create a very high quality shopping environment which reflects the local architecture of the area as well as including hard and soft landscaping which will provide a mature and pleasant setting from the outset.”

Councillor John Blackie, leader of Richmondshire District Council, said the scheme would complement the shopping complex being built at Catterick Garrison and would help to stop people spending their money out of the district.

He added: "I absolutely welcome the interest being shown by these fantastic retail developers in offering this shopping experience.

"They have centred on a site that hasn't attracted other attention in the five years it has been marketed - it couldn't be better just as the A1(M) is being widened to three lanes."

Details of the proposal can be viewed at scotchcornerdesignervillage.com from July 3.

Public exhibitions on the scheme will be held at Richmond Town Hall on Thursday, July 10 between 2pm and 8pm; at Middleton Tyas Memorial Hall on Thursday, July 11 between 2pm and 8pm and at the Holiday Inn at Scotch Corner on Saturday, July 15 between 9am and 1pm.

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8:13am Wed 2 Jul 14

Northcroft says...

sounds absolutely dreadful, I have seen the work so far, and wondered what it would be, designer tat on the gateway to the Dales, how sad.
sounds absolutely dreadful, I have seen the work so far, and wondered what it would be, designer tat on the gateway to the Dales, how sad. Northcroft
  • Score: -24

9:06am Wed 2 Jul 14

andygib263 says...

What a wonderful idea. If it's anything like the designer outlet at York then it will be a great addition to the north east
What a wonderful idea. If it's anything like the designer outlet at York then it will be a great addition to the north east andygib263
  • Score: 39

9:13am Wed 2 Jul 14

Madadrian says...

More shops selling imported tat where we used to make it ourselves
More shops selling imported tat where we used to make it ourselves Madadrian
  • Score: -18

9:31am Wed 2 Jul 14

studio says...

Northcroft wrote:
sounds absolutely dreadful, I have seen the work so far, and wondered what it would be, designer tat on the gateway to the Dales, how sad.
"Work so far" ??? Not sure what you`ve seen as it hasnt started!

For me this is a great idea, hopefully planning will be granted for the full site. I live very locally to the site and support the project 100%.
[quote][p][bold]Northcroft[/bold] wrote: sounds absolutely dreadful, I have seen the work so far, and wondered what it would be, designer tat on the gateway to the Dales, how sad.[/p][/quote]"Work so far" ??? Not sure what you`ve seen as it hasnt started! For me this is a great idea, hopefully planning will be granted for the full site. I live very locally to the site and support the project 100%. studio
  • Score: 38

9:49am Wed 2 Jul 14

Dtonmaf says...

Why don't all these brands take shops along Darlington High row instead of all the charity shops and Greggs, we would soon see higher footfall in the town! A Scotch Corner outlet centre will kill off any of the trade Darlington used to get from Catterick/Richmond area! This is bad for the town!
Why don't all these brands take shops along Darlington High row instead of all the charity shops and Greggs, we would soon see higher footfall in the town! A Scotch Corner outlet centre will kill off any of the trade Darlington used to get from Catterick/Richmond area! This is bad for the town! Dtonmaf
  • Score: -2

11:56am Wed 2 Jul 14

LUSTARD says...

Dtonmaf wrote:
Why don't all these brands take shops along Darlington High row instead of all the charity shops and Greggs, we would soon see higher footfall in the town! A Scotch Corner outlet centre will kill off any of the trade Darlington used to get from Catterick/Richmond area! This is bad for the town!
wellthose withall the money and land will not have to associatte with the under class, the dog show has gone the cattle mart is going traders from grangerd have had enough it will be a nice stop off point en route to the dales or lakes, in my case just to look and wonder, and hope when theyre finished ewith the tat it goes t my local charity shop and one can look and feel good for a fraction of the cost, do try to keep the british end up, and if you cant go to guru and buy an afghan coat and a bong
[quote][p][bold]Dtonmaf[/bold] wrote: Why don't all these brands take shops along Darlington High row instead of all the charity shops and Greggs, we would soon see higher footfall in the town! A Scotch Corner outlet centre will kill off any of the trade Darlington used to get from Catterick/Richmond area! This is bad for the town![/p][/quote]wellthose withall the money and land will not have to associatte with the under class, the dog show has gone the cattle mart is going traders from grangerd have had enough it will be a nice stop off point en route to the dales or lakes, in my case just to look and wonder, and hope when theyre finished ewith the tat it goes t my local charity shop and one can look and feel good for a fraction of the cost, do try to keep the british end up, and if you cant go to guru and buy an afghan coat and a bong LUSTARD
  • Score: 3

12:15pm Wed 2 Jul 14

studio says...

LUSTARD wrote:
Dtonmaf wrote: Why don't all these brands take shops along Darlington High row instead of all the charity shops and Greggs, we would soon see higher footfall in the town! A Scotch Corner outlet centre will kill off any of the trade Darlington used to get from Catterick/Richmond area! This is bad for the town!
wellthose withall the money and land will not have to associatte with the under class, the dog show has gone the cattle mart is going traders from grangerd have had enough it will be a nice stop off point en route to the dales or lakes, in my case just to look and wonder, and hope when theyre finished ewith the tat it goes t my local charity shop and one can look and feel good for a fraction of the cost, do try to keep the british end up, and if you cant go to guru and buy an afghan coat and a bong
You forgot about feeling safer, not treading in chewing gum, bumping into a Jeremy Kyle audience, being able to use a public toliet and copious amounts of parking.
[quote][p][bold]LUSTARD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dtonmaf[/bold] wrote: Why don't all these brands take shops along Darlington High row instead of all the charity shops and Greggs, we would soon see higher footfall in the town! A Scotch Corner outlet centre will kill off any of the trade Darlington used to get from Catterick/Richmond area! This is bad for the town![/p][/quote]wellthose withall the money and land will not have to associatte with the under class, the dog show has gone the cattle mart is going traders from grangerd have had enough it will be a nice stop off point en route to the dales or lakes, in my case just to look and wonder, and hope when theyre finished ewith the tat it goes t my local charity shop and one can look and feel good for a fraction of the cost, do try to keep the british end up, and if you cant go to guru and buy an afghan coat and a bong[/p][/quote]You forgot about feeling safer, not treading in chewing gum, bumping into a Jeremy Kyle audience, being able to use a public toliet and copious amounts of parking. studio
  • Score: 24

12:27pm Wed 2 Jul 14

calumannabel says...

Dtonmaf wrote:
Why don't all these brands take shops along Darlington High row instead of all the charity shops and Greggs, we would soon see higher footfall in the town! A Scotch Corner outlet centre will kill off any of the trade Darlington used to get from Catterick/Richmond area! This is bad for the town!
These brands would be mad to go anywhere near High Row - instead there will be free parking and no BIDiots strutting around in orange.
Sounds a brilliant idea - loads of people would stop off to shop just as they do on the M1 Mansfield turn off. Bring it on. I'm not political in fact I've never voted but Labour seems to be nowhere near this project - any coincidence?
[quote][p][bold]Dtonmaf[/bold] wrote: Why don't all these brands take shops along Darlington High row instead of all the charity shops and Greggs, we would soon see higher footfall in the town! A Scotch Corner outlet centre will kill off any of the trade Darlington used to get from Catterick/Richmond area! This is bad for the town![/p][/quote]These brands would be mad to go anywhere near High Row - instead there will be free parking and no BIDiots strutting around in orange. Sounds a brilliant idea - loads of people would stop off to shop just as they do on the M1 Mansfield turn off. Bring it on. I'm not political in fact I've never voted but Labour seems to be nowhere near this project - any coincidence? calumannabel
  • Score: 15

1:03pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Dtonmaf says...

I agree it would definitely finish off a few of the Grange Rd shops, I still think its bad news for the town, I don't think anyone would disagree with that!
Be nothing worth coming here for, which is a shame for those are are really trying to bring something unique to the place! Ah well, a new Greggs on Grange Road would probably look nice!
I agree it would definitely finish off a few of the Grange Rd shops, I still think its bad news for the town, I don't think anyone would disagree with that! Be nothing worth coming here for, which is a shame for those are are really trying to bring something unique to the place! Ah well, a new Greggs on Grange Road would probably look nice! Dtonmaf
  • Score: -1

4:18pm Wed 2 Jul 14

LUSTARD says...

studio wrote:
LUSTARD wrote:
Dtonmaf wrote: Why don't all these brands take shops along Darlington High row instead of all the charity shops and Greggs, we would soon see higher footfall in the town! A Scotch Corner outlet centre will kill off any of the trade Darlington used to get from Catterick/Richmond area! This is bad for the town!
wellthose withall the money and land will not have to associatte with the under class, the dog show has gone the cattle mart is going traders from grangerd have had enough it will be a nice stop off point en route to the dales or lakes, in my case just to look and wonder, and hope when theyre finished ewith the tat it goes t my local charity shop and one can look and feel good for a fraction of the cost, do try to keep the british end up, and if you cant go to guru and buy an afghan coat and a bong
You forgot about feeling safer, not treading in chewing gum, bumping into a Jeremy Kyle audience, being able to use a public toliet and copious amounts of parking.
true
[quote][p][bold]studio[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LUSTARD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dtonmaf[/bold] wrote: Why don't all these brands take shops along Darlington High row instead of all the charity shops and Greggs, we would soon see higher footfall in the town! A Scotch Corner outlet centre will kill off any of the trade Darlington used to get from Catterick/Richmond area! This is bad for the town![/p][/quote]wellthose withall the money and land will not have to associatte with the under class, the dog show has gone the cattle mart is going traders from grangerd have had enough it will be a nice stop off point en route to the dales or lakes, in my case just to look and wonder, and hope when theyre finished ewith the tat it goes t my local charity shop and one can look and feel good for a fraction of the cost, do try to keep the british end up, and if you cant go to guru and buy an afghan coat and a bong[/p][/quote]You forgot about feeling safer, not treading in chewing gum, bumping into a Jeremy Kyle audience, being able to use a public toliet and copious amounts of parking.[/p][/quote]true LUSTARD
  • Score: 5

7:32pm Wed 2 Jul 14

amadeus4742 says...

Dtonmaf wrote:
Why don't all these brands take shops along Darlington High row instead of all the charity shops and Greggs, we would soon see higher footfall in the town! A Scotch Corner outlet centre will kill off any of the trade Darlington used to get from Catterick/Richmond area! This is bad for the town!
I personally wouldn't use the proposed shopping village, but seeming as it costs me £7.95 for a return to Darlington from Catterick Village; using a bus service that runs every 2 hours, I'd happily welcome more outlets local to me!
[quote][p][bold]Dtonmaf[/bold] wrote: Why don't all these brands take shops along Darlington High row instead of all the charity shops and Greggs, we would soon see higher footfall in the town! A Scotch Corner outlet centre will kill off any of the trade Darlington used to get from Catterick/Richmond area! This is bad for the town![/p][/quote]I personally wouldn't use the proposed shopping village, but seeming as it costs me £7.95 for a return to Darlington from Catterick Village; using a bus service that runs every 2 hours, I'd happily welcome more outlets local to me! amadeus4742
  • Score: 5

10:38pm Wed 2 Jul 14

spragger says...

The economy is booming, jobs a plenty and all the lefties can do is moan ..
The economy is booming, jobs a plenty and all the lefties can do is moan .. spragger
  • Score: 0

2:23am Thu 3 Jul 14

Black beutiey 1 says...

What a wonderful idea. For the north I really find it hard to go to the one at Bicester as One has to book in. So I will be very happy. Well done.
What a wonderful idea. For the north I really find it hard to go to the one at Bicester as One has to book in. So I will be very happy. Well done. Black beutiey 1
  • Score: 4

10:57pm Fri 11 Jul 14

andyccm says...

I don't understand the logic of why this development would kill off the Grange Road shops. There isn't sufficient crossover in what the Designer outlet would offer that would suggest this. In addition the Designer Outlet's trade will be destination orientated customers as opposed to passing trade. This means that it will bring people, and income, into the region. There is nothing like this in the North East apart from McArthur Glen in York and the independent shops there have not suffered, the Shambles has not become shambolic so why that happen in this case. York has a population of 200k which is less than this location would immediately service if you consider Teesside as well.

I agree that all high streets have their place and the councils need to act on this by resisting giving food licenses to shops so that Greggs can triple their efforts to clog the country's arteries and start supporting independents promoting a diverse and colourful high street.

But, at the same time the Designer Outlet has it's place and which would people prefer something like that which brings trade into the region or something like a Retail Park which would simply suck the life out of towns.

If it isn't embraced it will go to Sunderland or Newcastle and then people will look and say why do Sunderland and Newcastle always get everything .
I don't understand the logic of why this development would kill off the Grange Road shops. There isn't sufficient crossover in what the Designer outlet would offer that would suggest this. In addition the Designer Outlet's trade will be destination orientated customers as opposed to passing trade. This means that it will bring people, and income, into the region. There is nothing like this in the North East apart from McArthur Glen in York and the independent shops there have not suffered, the Shambles has not become shambolic so why that happen in this case. York has a population of 200k which is less than this location would immediately service if you consider Teesside as well. I agree that all high streets have their place and the councils need to act on this by resisting giving food licenses to shops so that Greggs can triple their efforts to clog the country's arteries and start supporting independents promoting a diverse and colourful high street. But, at the same time the Designer Outlet has it's place and which would people prefer something like that which brings trade into the region or something like a Retail Park which would simply suck the life out of towns. If it isn't embraced it will go to Sunderland or Newcastle and then people will look and say why do Sunderland and Newcastle always get everything . andyccm
  • Score: 1

1:10pm Wed 23 Jul 14

ScotchCornerDV says...

Please visit our website www.scotchcornerdesi
gnervillage.com to find out more and give us your views on the proposals, thanks.
Please visit our website www.scotchcornerdesi gnervillage.com to find out more and give us your views on the proposals, thanks. ScotchCornerDV
  • Score: 0
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