Eldon Square comes in at 1.35m sq ft. Credit: via BWP Group

Next step for Eldon Square revamp

Plans to transform the Newcastle shopping centre in a leisure-led redevelopment will go to planning committee with approval expected.

Newcastle City Council’s planning committee on 12 April will consider the proposals from Intu Eldon Square, the vehicle responsible for the applications.

Two applications are under the spotlight: the transformation of the upper level of the former 107,000 sq ft Debenhams store in a food & drink, events and entertainment project, a consent that would also take in the reconfiguration of the retail floors.

A grand triple-height atrium would be introduced at the existing Newgate Street entrance as the entry point of the leisure destination, with incoming tenant Next taking over the bulk of the remaining ex-Debenhams floorspace, in a deal announced in March.

The second application covers the conversion of the former Eldon Leisure Centre space into a family-led leisure destination, potentially to include attractions such as electric karting. In all, the consent sought covers 120,000 sq ft over seven floors.

The plans were revealed and consulted on late in 2023, with a planning application submitted in December.

Pradera Lateral is at the forefront of the operation as manager. Since intu’s collapse, Eldon Square has been run in partnership by freeholder Newcastle City Council and intu Debenture.

The plans can be viewed on NCC’s planning poral with the reference numbers 2023/1894/01/DERT and 2023/1895/01/DET.

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