Alan Sugar’s high street property to become a restaurant and flats

Dividing up the property is thought to be the best option going forward

Former brighthouse property now owned by alan sugar

The former BrightHouse retail space in Newport could be regenerated by its owner, Lord Alan Sugar.

Planning permission is being sought by the investment mogul’s real estate company to transform the former BrightHouse store on the corner of Newport High Street into flats and a cafe/restaurant.

Owned by Amsprop
The property has been owned by Amsprop, Lord Sugar’s real estate company, since November 2017.

Other properties owned by Amsprop across the south of England, have tenants which include the Hard Rock Cafe, Krispy Kreme, Five Guys, Pret A Manger and Caffe Nero.

Empty since 2019
Following the administration of BrightHouse in 2019, the property has stood empty in the heart of the High Street and has suffered from water ingress and damage to internal decorations.

An evaluation of the property by Scotcher and Co, commercial estate agents, said the property is too large to be cost effective in the current market and there is very little prospect of a tenant being found for the whole building.

Dividing up the property
With sub-division thought to be the best option going forward, proposals have been submitted to the Isle of Wight Council to turn the two floors above the shop into a one-bed and four two bed-flats, with an extension on the top floor.

The shop on the ground floor could face a flexible change of use into a restaurant, cafe or drinking establishment, with plans showing a commercial kitchen and extraction system installed.

Mostly internal work
Agent for the development, Dean Parkman, said a lot of the work will be internal with only limited external alterations, such as removing two windows on the St James Street side of the building.

Mr Parkman said, in planning documents, the property remaining empty, in such a prominent corner position on the High Street, it will continue to have a negative impact on the vitality and viability of the town centre.

To view the proposals, or comment on the application (21/00533/FUL) you can visit the Isle of Wight Council’s planning portal.

Comments can be submitted until 26th April 2021.

This article is from the BBC’s LDRS (Local Democracy Reporter Service) scheme, which OnTheWight is taking part in. Some alterations and additions may have been made by OnTheWight. Ed

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Wednesday, 7th April, 2021 8:14am



Filed under: Isle of Wight News, LDRS, Newport, Planning, Top story

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9 Comments on "Alan Sugar’s high street property to become a restaurant and flats"

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The last thing Newport needs is another eaterie. This is a prime location in the heart of a shopping area. If Newport is to survive as a shopping town then it needs shops is the centre of town. There are plenty of smaller units that are available already and the larger shops should not be carved up. Other cafes are already closing, we don’t need another. If… Read more »
I think most towns are not going to survive as shopping centres for much longer, unless they offer something different from the things that can be purchased on line or that can not be done on line.. Smaller units offering unique local products or services may be one way of doing this. Whatever happens, I would prefer it to be used rather than be left to accumulate… Read more »
Benny C
Let’s go up a level and think about bigger influences which are causing these more local issues. Why are our officers and Councillors failing to deliver high quality solutions which stand a chance of working, actually supporting local jobs, communities and businesses? Why are the people we pay and trust to produce the very best outcomes for us failing repeatedly to articulate credible strategic thinking? Blurting out… Read more »
Rhos yr Alarch

An interesting article…. but why would it be “going forward” rather than “in the future” I wonder….?


What a waste of a prime shop site another cafe – does he not realise you need money to go into a cafe and with the job situation on Island do we really need yet another cafe/restaurant?

Mark L Francis

Better a cafe & flats than Bright House, which was virtually a badge of urban decay in itself, selling white goods to people too poor to buy them at exorbitant interest rates.

Benny C

Planning Committee – you’re fired.

I would love five guys, brilliant if we could have them but we do need clothing shops. A nice primark where mothercare was would be nice. I don’t want to have to travel to the mainland for stuff when we have empty properties on the island. Why can’t we have indoor market stalls where individuals rent a bit of space they are independent but all share the… Read more »
Large empty shops on mainland have been doing shared area spaces for years, I suggested this months ago on an story about the empty shops in Newport just to bring human beings back into the town if for no other reason because unless you want to travel for a coffee at an extortionate price, the remaining banks, or go to one or two remaining businesses it is… Read more »