The full application for a new cinema in Grantham town centre has been approved by South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee.
After the plans for the six-screen multiplex Reel cinema off St Catherine’s Road were presented to the committee this afternoon, ten members voted in favour, four against, and one abstained.
SKDC’s portfolio holder for the economy Councillor Frances Cartwright spoke prior to the vote, and said: “I support this cinema whole-heartedly. It will give the town and surrounding villages a strong family entertainment centre.”
Coun Cartwright also spoke of the economic benefit, and said that there had been strong interest from restaurant chains in being part of the food court.
The development which also includes office space is to be built by SKDC and leased to Reel Cinemas, who operate the existing cinema at the site.
The £5 million complex will have six screens and 1,037 seats - an increase of around 700.
Some opposition was expressed by councillors regarding the design, although all agreed with the need for a larger cinema.
As part of the plans a new premises to the back of the cinema will be provided for the senior citizens’ club, while replacement cycle and changing facilities will be created on the council premises.
Work is likely to start early in the new year, with a likely completion date of autumn 2015.