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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 October, 2003, 10:49 GMT 11:49 UK
Go ahead for new shopping centre
Debenhams store
Debenhams will be the centre's main store
A new shopping centre is to be built in the centre of Bradford.

The Broadway centre will have more than 60 shops and restaurants on a site bounded by Leeds Road and Hall Ings.

Bradford Council gave the developers, the Forster Square Development Partnership, planning permission on 10 September, but asked the government if the scheme was against national planning policies.

On Wednesday, the council was told the Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott did not intend to intervene.

We're now in a position to get rid of some ghastly buildings
Cllr Simon Cooke

One of the key attractions for shoppers is likely to be the Debenhams store which will occupy more than 100,000 square feet over three levels.

At the moment, Debenhams has just a small outlet in Bradford inside the Sunwin House store.

Another big name gong into the centre is BhS whose present store will be one of the 1960s building which will be demolished to make way for the new development.

It is estimated 3,000 people will be employed at the centre which is expected to be opened in 2007.

Old market

Councillor Simon Cooke, who is in charge of regeneration on Bradford Council, said: "This is excellent news and hopefully means no further delays for this important scheme."

Work is expected to start next month on another shopping development in the city centre.

The Rawson Quarter scheme will bring back to life the old Rawson Market and will include a branch of Wilkinson.

Councillor Cooke said it was an exciting time for Bradford.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: "We're now in a position to go ahead with getting rid of some ghastly buildings and holes in the city centre and replacing them with vibrant shopping outlets."

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