18. Why does the development propose residential use on part of the site?
Residential development is not included in the existing outline planning permission but the Phase 3 proposal includes apartments as part of the wider leisure development. This will take the form of residential use at first floor level which could add value to the overall development, both financially and also in terms of design and usage. It is also an approach that gives the Council a better chance of recovering the cost of its investment in moving the road and car park as well as allowing for sufficient commercial income to deliver a high quality of building and public space design. It is normal for developers to require a profit from any development project as they are taking a risk in delivering the project. There is no proposal for residential as part of Phase 2.