New AGC on the cards for Gorleston

Gorleston AGC plans
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Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s development control committee has been advised to green light plans to convert Gorleston’s former New Look into an AGC.


The committee met due to the “high level of comments on both sides” that related to the application from MJS Amusements, with a planning report recommending approval.

“It is considered that given current empty shops in the identified primary shopping area, the short-term nature of the current use (as a pop up vintage shop), and the ability to secure active frontage by a pre-use condition, there is no harm to the diversity and vitality of the shopping centre, caused by recommending approval,” stated planning officers.

“Some employment is created and there is no compelling evidence that employment will be lost. Matters relating to the adverse societal impact of gambling can only carry very limited material planning weight, if any.”

A number of objections had been received by planners relating to the proposals, however 31 submissions of support were also registered, with one respondent hailing the new venue as “a nice addition bringing jobs” and “low stakes fun.”

The New Look was shuttered as part of the fashion brand’s “rescue restructure” following the impact of Covid-19, with the venue potentially set to become MJS’ fourth site in Gorleston if plans are approved.

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