Canterbury for mixed-use development

Plans for a major mixed use development have been unveiled

Proposals for a new scheme in Canterbury’s city centre have been unveiled. The plans would see the site of the former Nasons Department Store and other buildings being redeveloped to provide commercial real estate and leisure space, alongside serviced apartments and residential units

The asset was recently purchased by London-based property investor and development company Setha Group, who have put forward the plans. The proposals will see an investment of £15-20m to bring forward a total of 6,868 73,927-sq ft of mixed-use development, and 8,611 sq ft of public open space.

The redevelopment would offer a focus on food and drink by incorporating a pedestrian retail arcade and ‘market hall’, with open space and public realm in the heart of Canterbury. The eastern part of Biggleston Yard would offer a covered retail arcade, a ‘market hall’ and restaurants linking through to the new public open space to the south.

Manuel Alsoni, chief executive officer at Setha Group, said: “We are very excited about the project as it provides the opportunity to bring forward another high-quality development in the heart of one of England’s best-known medieval cities.

“Like every city, Canterbury is having to respond to the everchanging retail and leisure demands of residents and visitors alike, as well as the challenge presented by online retailers. We believe Biggleston Yard would play an important part in enhancing the ongoing appeal of the city centre as a destination already synonymous with quality.”

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