CGI of planned Reel Cinema for Burnley

Burnley approves leisure and cinema scheme to increase visitors & dwell time

Three planning applications that would bring 143 homes and a leisure complex with a cinema to the market were approved by Burnley Council.

The first is Maple Grove Development’s application to build a mixed-use development with a cinema, seven food and beverage units, and two retail or leisure units at Curzon Street and Pioneer Place car park in Burnley town centre.

The 60,000 sq ft site was approved but recommended for further scrutiny by the council due to uncertainty over previous uses of that land and the implications, before full planning approval is granted.

The cinema will occupy 18,400 sq ft, while the restaurants will take up 29,800 sq ft and the remaining units will be 11,600 sq ft across a 3.7-acre site.

The scheme was designed by AEW Architects, while Smith & Love Planning Consultants worked on the proposals. Savills and Jon Brady are acting for Maple Grove Developments.

Speaking about the decision, Nik Puttnam, Senior Development Manager at Maple Grove Developments, commented: “This is a huge coup for Burnley; the town has been yearning for a strong leisure offer to attract more visitors from a wider area and increase dwell time and spend.

“We are talking to a number of national and regional leisure operators. Our next step is to appoint a contractor for the scheme with a scheduled start on site date of early 2021 and an estimated opening of Pioneer Place in November 2022.

“We are continuing to progress a separate planning application for the Manchester Road site, where Reel Cinema was previously located. Construction is due to begin here in February 2023 with the opening of the food retail element planned for the following November…

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