Crunch meeting on Corby cinema scheme

An artist's impression of the Vue cinema planned for Corby town centre
An artist's impression of the Vue cinema planned for Corby town centre

One of two rival cinema schemes in Corby will be in the spotlight next month when the company behind the project seeks planning permission from the borough council.

The proposals from Helical bar, owners of Corby town centre, include 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.

The plans for a site off Elizabeth Street, which Helical Bar says will transform the town centre, is to be discussed at the borough council’s development control committee on Tuesday, April 8.

Last week Savoy Cinemas announced it had signed a deal with Mulberry Property Developments to run a six-screen cinema on the former Tresham College site in George Street, at the other end of Corby town centre.

Helical Bar is refusing to comment on the rival plan.

James Collington, managing director of Savoy, which operates cinemas in Nottingham, Worksop and Boston, said: “Detailed planning consent is in place so the cinema will be open for operation at the start of 2015.”

Helical says its cinema would also be open for business early next year.

Crown House in Elizabeth Street has been demolished to make way for the Vue cinema and the next major work will be the demolition of the multi-storey car park, due to begin in September.

Removing a blight on Landscape

Helical Bar says its cinema plan enhances Corby town centre.

A planning report submitted to the borough council by James Owens, director of Jones Lang La Salle, 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 the cinema will provide regeneration.