Corby cinema a step closer to reality

The Vue cinema proposed for Corby town centre

The Vue cinema proposed for Corby town centre

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A £10m plan for a Vue cinema and restaurants in Corby town centre has taken a step closer to becoming a reality.

Helical Bar, owner of the shopping centre, has submitted a planning application for the scheme to Corby Council.

The proposal includes an eight-screen cinema, five restaurants, a store, gym, two new lifts connecting Market Walk to the ground level, a car repairs and MOT centre and a 515-space car park.

Helical Bar says the scheme will transform the town centre and create much-needed jobs.

A planning report submitted to the borough council says there has been huge interest in the scheme.

Hundreds of people attended a public exhibition on the plans in October, and 134 of the 139 people who filled in comment cards said they were in favour of the development.

The report, submitted by James Owens, director of Jones Lang La Salle, a global financial and professional services firm, said: “The proposals will uplift the appearance of the site which has a significant detrimental effect on the appearance of the area.”

It says the eastern end of the town centre is a “blight on Corby” and that the cinema will provide much-needed regeneration.

Crown House in Elizabeth Street has already been demolished to make way for the cinema, if approved.