Ruddington could soon have a chic, new shopping area – right in our village centre – if exciting proposals for a ‘mews’ style development behind Church Street get the go ahead.
Plans have been submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council by Ruddington based Victoria Properties to turn the area to the rear of some of its existing village shops into a brand new retail space – comprising four additional shops, three flats and two office units. Access would be through a new archway alongside Philo’s Delicatessen on High Street. Two shops would fill the space between the entrance and The Bottle Top, as shown in the image below.
To achieve this, the now crumbling, single storey building formerly used by Thomas’s Greengrocers for storage would have to be demolished – along with some other small outbuildings on the land. Philo’s current ‘garden’ would become part of the new outdoor space – with café-style seating proposed on the pedestrianised area, as illustrated above.
Brian Perkins, of Victoria Properties, told RUDDINGTON.info: “We’re hoping people will support this major investment in Ruddington. We think it will really enhance our village centre for shoppers and help to bring more trade back to the High Street.”
It’s envisaged the shops surrounding the development would remain open as usual during the construction period. Additionally, the Honeycomb Christian Charity Shop would then benefit from an extra entrance straight off the new precinct.
No NAME has yet been decided upon for the new shopping area: “As with our other developments, we’d like ‘Victoria’ to be part of it” says Brian. “There’s already a ‘Victoria Court’ in Ruddington – so maybe ‘Victoria Mall’ or ‘Victoria Mews’? We’re open to suggestions!”