Wicklow Co Council is seeking a partner to develop a €30m retail centre in the town of Bray.

The 2.4-acre site on the main street in the town (previously known as the Florentine Centre) has been the subject of a number of retail-led development proposals since 1996.

The council recently purchased the site and has sought the approval of An Bord Pleanála for a scaled-down retail development providing opportunities for anchor stores, retail units, restaurants, offices, cinema, and associated car parking.

The plans also incorporate the development of a new urban street – accessed from Bray Main Street – and a central plaza with pedestrian access from Quinsborough Road.

Savills has been appointed to source a development partner for the 250,000 sq ft site.

A decision on the planning application is due by the end of the year.

The gross development value of the scheme is estimated at between €30m and €35m, and the council aims to have a development partner and contractor in place by March 2017, with a view to completion by Q4 2018.