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Westgate scheme adds extra 93 homes
7:00am Friday 4th October 2013 in News
THE number of homes set to go in the Westgate redevelopment has risen from 27 to 120, it has been revealed.
Developers made the move after calls for more housing in the £400m scheme, to include at least 50 per cent affordable homes.
A new planning application says the homes will be part of the retail and leisure development.
Both the Westgate car park, with 1,090 spaces, and Abbey Place car park, with 80 spaces, will close at the end of 2014 or early 2015.
The whole scheme will include 70 more shops, including a John Lewis, basement car park, hotel and cinema.
The Westgate Alliance said it had acted in response to feedback.
Housing had been limited to apartments on Thames Street, next door to a planned new flagship John Lewis store.
But the planning application says almost another 100 homes may be provided on Old Greyfriars Street.
Council member for city development Colin Cook said: “Clearly there is a need for housing in the city centre.
“There had been complaints during the consultation that there was not enough housing. The developers have responded to some of these comments.”
Alliance development manager Sara Fuge said: “The input from the local community has helped us shape the plan.”