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Hammerson submits plans for Leicester Debenhams development

Gaelle Walker
17 March 2021

Hammerson has submitted its plans to convert the former Debenhams store at Highcross in Leicester into new homes.

The plans, which have been developed in association with private-rented-sector specialist Packaged Living, include 300 new homes and “major improvements” to enliven East Bond Street, where the entrance would be located.

The development, which was subjected to a “positive” virtual public consultation at the end of last year, would result in an “improved public realm for the city,” with new residents just minutes away from its strong line-up of shops and cultural attractions, Hammerson said.

Hammerson UK and Ireland managing director Mark Bourgeois said: “Since opening its doors in 2008, Highcross has firmly established itself as an integral part of Leicester’s city core.

“While the structural shift in retail and changing consumer shopping habits have meant that destinations such as Highcross need to adapt their offer and mix of uses, well-connected city centre locations such as this will always be places where people want to be.

“We are delighted to submit this proposal for high-quality homes for local people to rent, which will support our brands at Highcross and contribute to the continued success of Leicester City Centre,” he added.

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