Multi-million pound plans for a six-screen Odeon cinema in Corby have taken a step forward after a report on the land sale was submitted for Government approval.
The cinema, three restaurants and a pub, along with 227 parking spaces, are planned for the former Tresham College site in George Street.
The land is owned by Corby Council and the Homes and Communities Agency.
Martin Letts, managing director of developers Mulberry, said: “As part of the development process the Government has to approve the sale of the land. A report on the land sale has now been lodged with the Government and we expect it to be approved within the month.
“We are optimistic that work will start on the cinema early in the new year.
“A significant amount of Government funding was provided to move Tresham College to the Oakley Road site and that is why approval is needed. The sale of the land has been conducted through the normal process and we do not forsee any problems arising.
“We know people in Corby are keen to see the cinema opening but we can only move as fast as the slowest part of the process. There was a slight disruption due to the removal of a bat from the former college but ecology is very important. The plans for the cinema have all been approved and we are looking forward to starting.”
The developers are also planning 113 one, two and three bedroom properties for the site at a later date.
Mulberry is also behind Corby’s new Tesco store which, despite record rainfall in April, is still on target to open in time for Christmas.