A PLANNING application by the owners of the Quedam Shopping Centre has been welcomed by South Somerset District Council’s Leader, Councillor Ric Pallister and Economic Development Portfolio Holder, Councillor Jo Roundell Greene.

Both Councillor Pallister and Councillor Roundell Greene are strongly in support of investment into Yeovil town centre and of the commitment of the new owners of the Quedam in trying to bring big and new retailers to Yeovil.

Benson Elliot, the owner of the Quedam Shopping Centre, has submitted a planning application to South Somerset District Council which, if approved, will see the long vacant Mothercare and former Internacionale shops redesigned to form one large unit, suitable for a national fashion retailer.

Speaking about the submission of the planning application, Councillor Ric Pallister said, “Clearly this planning application must be properly considered and I cannot and will not second guess or pre-judge the outcome. The application must correctly follow the legal process. That said, we are all delighted that the Quedam owners have embarked on improvements to this shopping precinct. This is the news we have been waiting for in kick starting the resurgence of Yeovil’s town centre from the effects of the recession and we believe it signals the start of a sustained recovery. We have been working closely with Benson Elliot since they first considered acquiring the Quedam and, between us, we really are convinced that this is only the first step in really putting the confidence back into the town. Up and down the country we have seen town centres struggling to compete with the Internet and out of town stores but we have real faith that the Quedam owners can begin to put the buoyancy and buzz back into Yeovil that will attract shoppers and boost the local economy....and this is just the start.”

Councillor Jo Roundell Greene added, “This is the most exciting news for the town and I am absolutely delighted that at long last we have the prospects of a real boost to the Yeovil economy. I pay tribute to the vision and drive of Benson Elliot in progressing these major improvements to Yeovil’s shopping experience.”

Now that the application has been received by South Somerset District Council, it will be subject to consultation and a decision is likely to be made by the end of June.