Plans have been unveiled for a brand new outlet village in Gloucestershire.

Robert Hitchins Ltd and leading European outlet operating company ROS Retail Outlet Shopping have unveiled plans for Designer Outlet Cotswolds to be built at junction 9 of the M5 motorway. The 195,000 sq ft outlet village will be opened in two phases and will feature around 90 retail units, restaurants and cafes.

Construction is due to start on site in autumn 2020 with the first phase expected to open towards the end of 2021.

Thomas Reichenauer, co-founder and managing director of ROS Retail Outlet Shopping, said: “With our specialism in designer outlets across Europe, and our in-depth knowledge of different markets, we see tremendous potential for the UK retail sector.

"This is especially true for outlet shopping which has been bucking trends in the UK for several years generating significant interest amongst top brands and customers in the concept. Having been founded in 2011, we’re a young company but with a team that brings experience, expertise and track-record built up over many years.”

Designer Outlet Cotswolds will feature aspirational brands across fashion, athleisure, footwear and lifestyle along with restaurants and coffee shops.

Simon Tothill, property and development director of Robert Hitchins Ltd, said: “Designer Outlet Cotswolds will be an eye-catching development reflecting the architecture and materials of the historic towns and villages of the Cotswolds.

"We’ll be creating a state-of-the-art retail destination with contemporary and adaptable units suited to the needs of modern shopping and dining.

"With a comfortable and welcoming environment, this will be a memorable addition to a day-out in the Cotswolds.

"We’re very excited about the development plans and look forward to completing the scheme and welcoming customers from near and far.”