Vue cinema site plan takes step forward

The Vue cinema site in Elizabeth Street, Corby
The Vue cinema site in Elizabeth Street, Corby

The owners of Corby town centre are moving forward with some of their proposals for the stalled Vue cinema site in Elizabeth Street.

Helical Bar has submitted planning applications to Corby Council to demolish the former bus station up to Chandlers Way and for a new gym in an empty storage unit beneath Willow Place,

In April Corby councillors postponed making a decision on plans for the £10m Vue cinema complex after taking independent legal advice on the issue.

The move followed concerns raised by Mulberry Developments over the impact Helical Bar’s eight-screen complex would have on its Savoy cinema now being built in George Street.

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.

Helical Bar has not commented on the setback but has submitted plans for the gym which was included in its original proposals for a cinema complex.

James Owens, director of Jones Lang LaSalle, property consultants acting for Helical Bar, said the proposed site of the gym is a storage unit which has never been used.

In a letter accommpanying the planning application Mr Owens said: “The opportunity to put the unit into beneficial use with a gym that will serve the local community from this town centre location, is therefore to be welcomed.

“With an occupier already having been found for the gym, the applicant wishes to move forward with the proposal promptly and with certainty.”

The company says that even though the gym formed part of the larger cinema scheme, which has been delayed, the new application is not contentious and could move ahead without delay.

The planning application for the gym includes surface level car parking, access and landscaping.

Helical Bar says it has been designed to dovetail with the larger cinema scheme to regenerate that area of the town centre.

As well as an eight-screen cinema, Helical Bar’s scheme included five restaurants, a store, two new lifts connecting Market Walk to the ground level, a car repairs and MOT centre and a 515-space car park.