Work has begun on a major 180-acre mixed-use development set in a prime location near Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, set to include a “premium retail and fashion designer outlet”, called Designer Outlet Cotswolds – with up to 90 shops, restaurants and cafés in an attractive Cotswold-style village environment.
Scheduled for a 2022 launch, the development, which will create more than 1,000 jobs, is being led by Cheltenham-based property developer, Robert Hitchins.
As well as featuring the new designer outlet and lifestyle retail destination, there will be a flagship Dobbies garden centre, 850 new homes, a school, a range of local amenities and recreation facilities.
The development is located adjacent to junction 9 of the M5 motorway near Tewkesbury, and close to towns such as Cheltenham, Gloucester, Worcester, Solihull and Hereford. It’s also within walking distance of the Ashchurch for Tewkesbury railway station, which is on the main line between Bristol and Birmingham.
Simon Tothill, Property & Development Director of Robert Hitchins, said: “We’re proud to be delivering such an attractive development into the Tewkesbury area and to be creating more than 1,000 jobs in the local area. It’s important that such developments progress as efficiently as possible through the planning and construction stages to create employment opportunities, especially to enable the area to bounce back from the effects of the pandemic.
“These are ‘real jobs’ and we all need to work together to promote success. As a result, our mixed-use scheme will be a great addition to this part of the West Country.”
Robert Hitchins is working closely with ROS Retail Outlet Shopping on the Designer Outlet Cotswolds. The Vienna-headquartered company, one of the top five outlet operators in Europe, currently manages 13 outlet centres in Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Croatia and Hungary. It specialises in developing, managing and operating innovative shopping concepts.