Shop owner concerned over regeneration plans to ‘decant’ from shopping centre

A shop owner have voiced concerns over a masterplan to regenerate Mansfield which he fears could lead to him being turfed out of his store.

Ambitious proposals for a mass 15-year redevelopment of the town have been revealed for the first time and and they detail how a range of sites could be transformed.

The Four Seasons Shopping Centre, in Quaker Way, is currently home to a number of retail outlets but part of the plan could see these ‘decanted’ back on to the high street.

The centre, under the plans, could be turned into a mixed use scheme, while more focus will be given to leisure, food and drink and attractions in the town.

One manager of a store in Four Seasons is not keen on the idea of potentially returning to the high street.

Ryan Taylor, 20, manager of Shoe Emporium, said: “We purposely came into the shopping centre.

“It would not be something I would be behind in my opinion, we moved from the high street and came here.

“It is better in here than it is out there – I don’t know if it is different now.

“We moved here about two years ago and yes there’s just been a lot more people coming in.

“I think during the winter time, because it’s colder outside, people want to be undercover.

“There might be a good location but since we’ve come here I wouldn’t go back.”



The masterplan sets out ideas for BHS, Beales, the Four Seasons Shopping Centre, Market Place, Clumber Street and the train station.

Its aim is to make the town centre a ‘place to work and live’, focusing on green initiatives including a town park on Toothill Lane and green space on Market Place.

The document also confirms Mansfield District Council’s ambition to move its headquarters into the town centre, with the former Beales department store on Stockwell Gate earmarked for the plan.

The former BHS store in West Gate, meanwhile, is potentially earmarked as a relocated, indoor Mansfield Market.

The council also plans to redevelop the Dame Flogan Street and White Hart Street area into mixed-use, employment and residential space, and utilise space underneath the historic viaduct for businesses like micropubs, food and drink stalls or sports.

The cabinet member responsible for regeneration, Labour councillor Stuart Richardson, will have the final say on moving the ambitious plan to public consultation.

Mansfield District Council’s overview and scrutiny place committee assessed the 106-page document on Tuesday, September 28.

The move is being welcomed by residents.

Jennifer Rich, 72, who is retired, said: “It’s mainly charity shops along the high street now, it needs something more.

“Shops close down or move from away and the high street dies – it’s so sad

“I myself think that more shops will attract more people to the high street.”

Catherine Read, 80, said: “Yes I absolutely think that this would be something that the high street needs – that is great news.

“Yes I hope the council goes ahead with this.”

Independent councillor Stuart Wallace, who represents Carr Bank, said: “I think there are some fantastic things in there, some bits in there that make it an exciting document.

“It’ll be interesting to discuss it more in the future.”

Labour councillor Brian Lohan said: “It won’t happen straight away, I’ve only been pushing for the White Hart redevelopment of Dame Flogan Street, that looks like Beirut, for the past 13 years.”

A decision on moving the plans to the first phase of public consultation is expected to be made in the next few weeks.

The first six-week consultation will then begin in mid-October, with the hope of formally adopting a masterplan in early 2022.

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