Council to spend over £600,000 on new cinema and restaurant complex

An artists' impression of the new town centre cinema complex in Doncaster.
An artists' impression of the new town centre cinema complex in Doncaster.
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Doncaster Council has agreed to contribute more than £600,000 towards plans for a new town centre multi-million pound cinema and leisure complex.

Councillors agreed unanimously that £634,000 from a pre-agreed development account should be spent on the scheme which forms part of the £300 million Civic and Cultural Quarter.

The money will help fund transport and infrastructure works as part of the overall project.

The scheme will see a six screen, 1,600 seat cinema and four restaurants built by the spring of 2016.

The complex will be built alongside the existing Cast theatre and will help to complete Sir Nigel Gresley Square, sitting opposite the authority’s Civic Offices.

It is expected that around 100 new jobs will be created in the borough as a result.

Major Ros Jones said: “We fully support this recommendation because it will bring in extra jobs.

“It will also stimulate the economy and help revitalise and bring to fruition the masterplan of improving the whole of Doncaster.”

Councillors also agreed that Peter Dale, the director of regeneration, will now arrange for an independent valuation of the cinema plot and then sell to Muse Developments, the firm behind the scheme, at a price agreed be the independent valuer.

The names of the cinema chain and restaurants involved in the project have not been revealed yet, but it is understood they are all well known high street names.

According to council documents, Muse are hoping to have detailed planning consent by November 2014.

Work is expected to begin on the complex next spring.