12:30 Wednesday 18 June 2014

Cineworld plans for Ely - public exhibition on July 1

Written byJORDAN DAY

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Major plans to build a new multiplex Cineworld in Ely will be the subject of a public exhibition.

Cambridge-based Turnstone Estates Ltd – the firm behind the £15 million proposals – has announced an exhibition is being held at Ely College, in Downham Road, on Tuesday, July 1.

It was in April that Turnstones announced that East Cambridgeshire District Council had appointed them as the developer for a new Cineworld-anchored leisure village on land off Downham Road.

The plan is to build a 47,600 sq ft development, to be known as Ely Leisure Village, comprising a six-screen Cineworld multiplex cinema with eight restaurants. There will be parking for 375 cars.

Tim Deacon, director of Turnstones, said: “The public exhibition will enable local residents to feedback to us their comments before we submit our planning application to East Cambridgeshire District Council.

“I am especially pleased that we will are able to hold the exhibition at the college.

“The council is keen for us to ensure young people’s views are taken into account and we expect many students to pop in and have a look at these exciting proposals.”

Turnstones exchanged contracts with the council on the acquisition of the 6.5 acre site in December and the firm hopes to submit a planning application later this year.

Work would commence on site, if the plans are approved, this autumn with the aim of completing the mammoth development just 12 months later.

The planning application will also include a second phase of the development, comprising a leisure centre, owned by the district council, and to be delivered separately once funding is secured.

Cambridge Property Group has also submitted plans to develop around 10 hectares of land adjacent to Turnstones’ site.

Their proposals involve building a new supermarket, petrol filling station, retail warehousing and a pub/restaurant.

The exhibition on Turnstones’ plans is running at the community lounge inside the college from 3.30-8pm.

People unable to attend will be able to voice their views by visting www.elyleisurevillage as of July 1.

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