YOUR SAY: Plans for £10m cinema in Harrogate

An artist's impression of the proposed Albert Street/Station Parade development. Image: 4Urban (s).
An artist's impression of the proposed Albert Street/Station Parade development. Image: 4Urban (s).

Plans to redevelop Beales Department Store on Station Parade as a £10m entertainment hub have been widely approved during a public consultation.

Developers 4Urban hope to submit an application to rebuild the store as a complex comprising a four-screen Curzon cinema with at least three restaurants and bars.

Nearly 300 people viewed the plans last week, and, of those who filled out a comment form, 80 per cent found favour with the plans.

The Harrogate Advertiser revealed the development in February, and reader feedback via social media channels has been split.

Paul Lancaster, managing director of Harrogate-based regeneration specialists 4Urban, which is proposing the £10 million development, said: “We would like to thank the many people who came to see the plans and provided us with comments.

“These were extremely useful and will help us to make appropriate revisions to our plans before submitting an application to Harrogate Borough Council in the next 3-4 weeks.”

Fellow 4Urban director Richard Holmes, added: “The exhibition enabled us to answer questions that people had about car parking, the demand from restaurant and bar operators for space in Harrogate and the relationship of the independent art-house cinema to the Odeon and its blockbuster offering.

“The scheme will be served by more than 2,000 readily accessible existing car parking spaces including multi-storey car parks, as well as on street, while all of the restaurants and bars will be high quality, new to Harrogate and complementary to the art-house cinema.”

If planning permission is granted the development, which will bring up to 250 new jobs to Harrogate, will be open for business by early 2016.

Scheme architects Seven Architecture say the building they have designed is sympathetic to the Victorian and Edwardian architecture of the town centre.

Lead architect Martin Wood said: “From the people I spoke with it is clear that they like the fact that the building will be constructed from stone and other high quality materials.

“Features such as the colonnade on the Station Parade frontage and canopy on Albert Street – where existing Victorian buildings will be retained and enhanced - are also popular, as is the active frontage facing onto Library Gardens, where there will be outdoor space for tables and chairs.”

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