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Jackson Square revises TK Maxx plans to save Bridge Street entrance




Plans to redevelop Jackson Square to accommodate retail giant TK Maxx have been resubmitted this week.

The Bishop's Stortford shopping centre's owner, financial services and asset management company Legal & General, has "made significant changes to reflect community concerns" about the original proposed removal of the pedestrian access from Bridge Street.

The new application to planning authority East Herts Council includes a step-free replacement, east of the existing entrance. Some further, minor changes are proposed, including new signage and altered plant room locations.

New plans for Jackson Square (51463158)
New plans for Jackson Square (51463158)

If approval is granted, it is hoped construction can begin later this year, with the 21,009 sq ft (1,952 sq m) TK Maxx store due to open in 2023.

Michael Smith, Jackson Square manager, said: "Working with our customers, listening to them and keeping them informed on every step of this journey will be key to us all as a community enjoying our shared vision to create a vibrant and relevant destination in the heart of our town.

"In the longer term, there will inevitably be a period of disruption as works are carried out, but we are certain that the results will be worthwhile as we continue to create an even greater place for our community to meet, spend time and enjoy."

New plans for Jackson Square (51463160)
New plans for Jackson Square (51463160)

Discount designer fashion and homewares specialist TK Maxx's new unit will incorporate the former Argos premises next to Wilko.

The changes will also create space for five new retail and restaurant units. It is expected there will be a further 50 jobs for the town as a result.



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