Will Jarman Park become a ‘one-stop destination’ for leisure and shopping? New plans submitted

New retail and food development proposed for brownfield land at the entrance to the Jarman Park area, shown in red
New retail and food development proposed for brownfield land at the entrance to the Jarman Park area, shown in red

A leisure space which is being given a major facelift after falling into disrepair could benefit from even further investment thanks to a new planning application.

Tesco Pension Fund – the firm responsible for buying the former Leisure World site from previous owners Capital and Regional and beginning its transformation into a new restaraunt and leisure facility – is now submitting proposals for the brownfield patch of land at the complex’s entrance off St Albans Road.

The application – for a retail development, drive-thru restaurant and cafe unit – will be considered by Dacorum Borough Council’s development control committee in the coming months.

The plans also include associated access, car parking and service yard.

Documents submitted to the local authority seek permission for a drive-thru coffee ‘pod’ alongside 8,800sqm of non-food retail floorspace and

up to 1,505sqm for food retailing.

The reports also suggest a Toys R Us could be one of the retail offerings on the table, detailing case studies of previous units granted permission elsewhere in the country.

The applicant states a number of significant positive benefits could be brought to the area were the plans to be approved, including bringing the long-term vacant site into economic use, creating employment opportunities and providing addiional retail choice and competition for shoppers.

The application reads: “The proposed scheme aims to deliver a successful, contemporary and sustainable development, to provide a further improved offer and image for Jarman Park.

“For many years the former Leisure World had suffered from poor management, this has recently been redeveloped to offer the leisure park destination.

“This proposed high quality retail development forms the final piece of the jigsaw, completing the regeneration of Jarman Park as a ‘one-stop’ leisure and shopping destination.

“The development will provide new, high quality retail space, building upon the good design principles created by the recently redeveloped leisure park and delivering an attractive and desirable destination for the local Hemel Hempstead community and beyond.”

The Gazette has approached Tesco on behalf of Tesco Pension Fund for comment.

A decision on the planning application is expected in May of this year.

The Jarman Fields development is now open to Frankie & Benny’s, Coast To Coast, Nando’s, Subway and Chiquito, as well as the existing Empire multiplex cinema.

The renovated Planet Ice rink is to relaunch this weekend with a grand opening while a new gym and Hungry Horse pub are due to open in March.