Lights, camera, action for cinema scheme

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Work on building a new four-screen cinema, restaurants and public square with splash fountains in Daventry town centre should start this spring after councillors approved the Business Plan last night.

At Daventry District Council’s meeting yesterday evening, Members gave a final seal of approval for the Mulberry Place development on land north of High Street, which has also recently received planning consent.

It means that the Council’s building contractors Willmott Dixon should be able to move onto the site this spring once Daventry library is relocated. Cinema operators are currently being shortlisted for the development, which is due to open its doors in autumn 2020.

The library will be moving to modern new premises within the nearby Abbey building in St John’s Square in April 2019 and demolition of the old library is expected to start in May, with work on the foundations and new cinema’s structure to follow later in the summer.

Councillor David James, DDC’s Economic, Regeneration and Employment Portfolio Holder, said: “Delivering Mulberry Place is a priority for our Council.

“We believe the cinema, restaurants and a public square with splash fountains off the High Street will be a great mix alongside local shops and help to both attract and retain more people in our town centre.”

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