New leisure quarter planned for the centre of Corby
2nd March 2011
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Plans are afoot for a new leisure quarter for Corby to include a bowling alley, two restaurants, bars and a bingo hall, as well as a six screen cinema, the design for which was recently chosen by Corby's residents.

Mulberry Developments, which is behind the Odeon cinema scheme, has released more details of its vision for the town centre.

The proposals for a site north of Westcott Way and west of George Street will also include a residential complex comprising of 100 one, two and three-bedroom homes.

The borough council’s One Corby Policy Committee will decide next Tuesday whether to allocate £500,000 to demolish the Tresham College buildings in George Street once they have been vacated, allowing the leisure scheme to progress rapidly.

The council expects to receive a full planning application for the first phase of the development by the end of the month and the cinema to open in spring 2012.

By August Tresham College is expected to have vacated their building and, as quickly as possible after that, the demolition programme will start, with the aim of having the cinema development on site and constructed as soon as possible. Corby Council has said that there is huge interest in being part of the development, with restaurants and bars all showing a keen interest in it.

Council deputy leader Cllr Mark Pengelly said: “It’s another step in the right direction for the town, recognising that while there’s a downturn in the economy, we believe it’s important we move forward with regenerating Corby.”

Mulberry is planning the ambitious, multi-million pound development in two phases. It is to submit an application for full planning permission for the cinema, restaurants and car park.

The second application to council planners will outline proposals for bars, a bowling alley and a bingo hall.

A report submitted to Corby Council says: “The site for the proposed development has been identified in order to create a new leisure quarter in Corby town centre."

If the plans are approved, it is anticipated construction will start this year and continue into 2012.

Let us know what you think about these plans for the regeneration of the centre of Corby into a leisure quarter.


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