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Out of town retail park plan for new Carlisle United stadium

Carlisle could get an out-of-town retail park as a part of Carlisle United’s move to a new stadium, says MP John Stevenson.

Carlisle Utd plan graphic
The Kingmoor Park plan. Click here to view larger image.

The Conservative believes that a retail park could help pay for the Blues’ proposed move to a 12,000-capacity all-seater stadium to the north of the city at Kingmoor Park.

But Kingmoor Park managing director Tony Goddard said it was too early to speculate.

The club announced in November that it wanted to leave Brunton Park in Warwick Road.

The move would be part funded by “enabling development” at Kingmoor Park, defined as “development contrary to established planning policy” that achieves a desirable end.

Neither the club nor Kingmoor Park was prepared to say what the development might be.

Mr Stevenson, however, is convinced that it is a retail park.

Speaking in a Commons debate on town centres on Tuesday, he said: “The football club wants to relocate its stadium from the centre to the edge of the city.

“To achieve that it needs to have an enabling development to make the move financially viable, and that undoubtedly means some sort of retail park.

“This is a major economic opportunity for the city. We would have new football facilities and supporting facilities, which would be very welcome.

“A large number of jobs would undoubtedly be created.

“However, there are potential consequences for the city centre.

“We have to ensure that our city centre continues to survive and thrive while not preventing other development elsewhere. Getting the balance right is crucial for Carlisle.”

Kingmoor Park managing director Tony Goddard believes the MP is jumping the gun.

He said: “All we’re doing at the moment is talking to the local authority about what sort of enabling development we might be able to do.”

Kingmoor Park is designated for employment uses such as offices, general industrial and distribution.

Mr Stevenson says that city centres cannot “fight against the tide” and must adapt to changing times.

He told MPs: “We may have to accept that there will be fewer shops in the city centre, although there may be more cafes, restaurants and so on.

“Access is also crucial.”

Speaking to the News & Star yesterday, Mr Stevenson added: “Retail development at Kingmoor Park must complement what we have in the city centre.

“A lot of shoppers go to Gretna or Newcastle, if we can keep them here that is good for Carlisle.

“I believe that Carlisle has to grow as a city.”

Have your say

Not that big really delboy when you consider that most of the public car parks and the training pitch are on the wrong side of the flood defences.

Posted by BM on 30 January 2012 at 18:55

just thinking today when i walked past brunton park,with the main ground and car parks thats a large plot of land, why not move cufc . and use the brunton park plot as a new shopping centre it will be central then allowing all to use,

Posted by delboy on 23 January 2012 at 13:15

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