Planning permission for a new senior citizens’ community hall has paved the way for construction to commence on the new cinema development.
The need to provide the club with a replacement for its current home on St Catherine’s Road had arisen as part of plans to create a multiplex cinema complex at the same location.
South Kesteven District Council has consulted with the club to try and find a suitable replacement, and this week the plans were presented to councillors for a new single storey hall outside the multi-storey car park on Welham Street.
SKDC’s development control committee unanimously gave the hall the green light. It is considered that the adjacent 330-space multi-storey will provide ample parking.
The only concern raised by councillors at Tuesday’s meeting came from Coun Ian Stokes, who commented on the neighbours’ consultation period for the plans being due to end that same day. “We seem to be rushing this application in. It was only received on March 8. To come before us before the normal notification period ends seems to be wrong.”
Members voted to defer the application to the chairman or vice-chairman, in consultation with the executive manager for development and growth, for approval subject to no objections being received by the expiration period.
SKDC’s strategic director Tracey Blackwell confirmed that the path is now clear for the council to access the proposed site for the cinema complex. “We hope to be on site during the summer to start phases which will include demolition, clearance of the site, diversion of utilities and archaeological surveys,” she said.
“We are talking to agents representing national food and drink outlets as we progress our plans,” she added.