Corby councillors have postponed making a decision on plans for a £10m Vue cinema complex after taking independent legal advice.
The move follows concerns raised by Mulberry Developments over the impact the eight-screen complex, planned for Elizabeth Street, would have on its Savoy cinema being built in George Street.
The Vue planning application was due to be approved at a meeting of the council’s development control committee on Tuesday, but was postponed at the last minute.
Corby town centre owners Helical Bar refused to comment on the delay.
Legal advice to the council said that if, instead of two cinemas, it was two supermarkets being considered it would be natural for each company to address the effect of the other on viability.
For that reason counsel recommended a deferment.
Chief executive of Corby Council, Norman Stronach, said: “This is disappointing. However, it would be irresponsible not to listen to counsel’s advice and we hope to have the application back to committee as soon as possible.”
On April 3 and April 4, the council received 45 letters and emails supporting Helical Bar’s Vue cinema, restaurants and shops scheme.