Occupants of long-awaited village centre revealed

Progress of village centre in Red Lodge
Progress of village centre in Red Lodge

Restaurants, a take away and a convenience store will be some of the amenities to occupy a long-awaited village centre.

The units in Red Lodge village centre are due to be handed over to their proprietors at the end of August.

The largest of the six units in the Kings Warren development is expected to be occupied with a Nisa convenience store.

The other five retail units are expected to house a pharmacy, lettings agency, Mediterranean restaurant, fish and chip take away and cafe/bistro.

Forest Heath district councillor, Roger Dicker, said: “It’s wonderful news, it’s the information that the public have been waiting for - confirmation of what the centre will have.

“It’s an important step further. I’m sure the public will support its new village centre and it will be very successful.”

When opened the village centre will also provide a communal walkway and social area.

James Moody, managing director Crest Nicholson who have developed the site, said: “I’m really excited that the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle is nearly in place and the much needed shops and facilities for Red Lodge will be open in September.

“The village centre is in-keeping with the development at Red Lodge and I’m sure will make for a fantastic facility for all those who live in the old part and the finished housing scheme. “

Crest Nicholson have entered a planning application to further extend the Kings Warren development by adding another 400 homes.

If this plan is granted approval by Forest Heath District Council the village centre will be extended and further with retail units added.