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Perth & Kinross Quarter give Thimblerow gap-site overhaul approval

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April 20 2017

Perth & Kinross Quarter give Thimblerow gap-site overhaul approval
Perth & Kinross Council have approved outline plans for a major mixed-use scheme in the Thimblerow area of the city, clearing the way for submission of a detailed planning application.

Referred to as the Mill Quarter the development will establish a mix of restaurants, speciality shops, a multi-screen cinema, 58 apartments, and a multi-storey car park.

A Perth & Kinross Council spokesperson commented: "Expresso Property have previously submitted a Proposal of Application Notice for the site, and are now close to finalising a detailed planning application for submission.

“Committee members have also backed proposals for the Council to lease and manage the 201-space multi-storey car park within the site. In line with the recent renovations to South Inch and Canal Street multi-storey car parks the new 201-space Mill Quarter car park will follow the pay-on-exit model.”

A formal planning application by Holmes Miller is now expected within the next few months with a targeted completion date set for spring 2019.

6 Comments

Graeme McCormick
#1 Posted by Graeme McCormick on 20 Apr 2017 at 12:56 PM
Given the sad state of much of the Perth City Centre with empty shops and buildings the inclusion of "speciality shops" in this development is another nail in the coffin for the city's heart. I'm just back from Norway and in Oslo both the city centre and the suburbs and a smaller town I visited there was no sign of empty shops
Beetlejuice
#2 Posted by Beetlejuice on 20 Apr 2017 at 14:10 PM
Considering this development isn't technically in the heart of the city centre, would this really turn around the fortunes of the existing and vacant shops in the centre? I doubt it. And what about the Playhouse that's less than 100 yards away? An historic, long established grade B listed building that'll end up being another empty property if the new cinema goes ahead. Are the council being deliberately backwards on this decision? I anticipate this development being a white elephant in years to come.....
Purfboi
#3 Posted by Purfboi on 20 Apr 2017 at 14:57 PM
@Beetlejuice - Luckily the Playhouse in Perth has the rights to IMAX in the city for the next 10 years (at least). That may give it the competitive edge over the new rival!
Pawel MacPoof
#4 Posted by Pawel MacPoof on 20 Apr 2017 at 17:06 PM
cool, like the others, im not sure with so many empty shops, building more will resolve the problem. it be cool if the cinema was an art house one, anyway its good to see some money spent on the city.
teegeeweegee
#5 Posted by teegeeweegee on 20 Apr 2017 at 19:26 PM
Perth suffers far less than many other urban centres in terms of empty floor space. Nevertheless, much of the turnover in the last 10 years must have been driven by the usual inducements (in addition to desperation) to take up vacated space. Even the cheap + doleful design proposed for Thimblerow will find letting very difficult without some form(s) of third party lubrication. We've not seen the sums but I find it hard to believe that it stacks up.

It's not hAPPening..........
Willothewisp
#6 Posted by Willothewisp on 22 Apr 2017 at 00:50 AM
GRIM.

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