The landscape in Corby town centre has changed as work progresses on the site of the proposed cinema.
Demolition of the former Tresham College buildings in George Street is on schedule to be completed by the end of next month.
The main college block has still to be demolished and an application has been lodged with Corby Council to cut down a number of trees on the site. Plans for the six-screen Odeon cinema, with up to three restaurants, a pub and parking for 227, will see the next phase in the regeneration of Corby town centre.
There are also proposals for 113 new homes.
A spokesman for Corby Council said: “Work to prepare the site is progressing well and it is expected to be finished by the end of April.
“The tendering process for the development has started.”
Fears were voiced that the development would mean losing part of Thoroughsale and Hazel Woods – a remnant of the ancient Rockingham Forest.
Chairman of the town centre tenants and residents group Barry Nichol said: “There would be a great deal of opposition to the development if it means losing any of the woodland.”
Plans lodged with Corby Council by the site owners, the Homes and Communities Agency, show that the development area does not include town centre woodland.
The council allocated £500,000 from its woodland management fund to demolish Tresham College to allow building work on the cinema to start as soon as possible.