Broughton Shopping Park could become home to two aeroplane wing shaped restaurants in homage to the nearby Airbus factory.
Plans for the food outlets which are the next stage of the retail centre’s major £13m expansion have been submitted to Flintshire County Council's planning department.
Hercules Unit Trust (HUT) want to build the two aircraft inspired restaurants, which will have outdoor seating, as well as create green spaces at the eastern plaza area of the shopping park – near Boots.
Documents submitted to Flintshire County Council by HUT state the two restaurants will “seek to evoke a link to the aeroplane wing manufacture, vapour tails and the momentum of flight”.
The proposals also include plans for a 'sunken garden' area between the two restaurants which will feature seating, markets and sculptures.
It is also intended to provide a space for public art, with HUT saying they want to work with the community, over what is displayed.
Plans have also been made for a “sunny plaza space” which will include a “bespoke suspended play element” while HUT also want to build other play area facilities around the development.
However it will see the number of car parking spaces at the retail park reduce by 15 from 2,408 to 2,393.
If given the bid is given the go-ahead a 500sq ft outdoor seating space will also be created for Costa Coffee.
It is hoped the improvements will increase the time people spend at the shopping park and encourage them to spend more cash, while also encouraging new retailers to the park.
Retail park expansion
The application comes a year after an 11-screen Cineworld cinema and five restaurants including Nando’s, Frankie & Benny’s, Chiquito and Pizza Express opened.
Broughton Shopping Park, which is visited by more than 10m shoppers a year, has also welcomed a host of new shops including Primark, Outfit and M&S Food.
Work to give its 29 store fronts a makeover including new canopies and walkways also began earlier this year.
HUT said in its proposal: “The proposed development will complement recent major investments and developments by HUT which collectively have reinforced the Shopping Park’s overall role and attraction, which in turn have been instrumental in safeguarding existing jobs whilst also creating new employment opportunities associated with new retailers seeking representation at Broughton.”
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