PLANS for a long-awaited £50 million cinema and leisure complex have been submitted, with work on course to begin on site early next year.
Turnstone Estates has submitted a planning application to Colchester Council for its 200,000 sq ft Northern Gateway leisure scheme.
Fresh plans for the development include a 12-screen cinema, run by Cineworld and featuring Superscreen and 4DX facilities.
There will also be a Hollywood Bowl alley, a Putt Stars indoor golf centre and a climbing facility run by Jump Street.
Seven restaurant units, revised down from 12, now feature in the plans, along with two drive-thrus and a 90-bed hotel, set to be run by Travelodge.
The complex will have 750 parking spaces and eight electric vehicle charging points.
If plans are approved, work will begin at the start of 2021, for completion in 2022/23.
Chris Goldsmith, managing director of Turnstone Estates, said: “Despite the current uncertainty around the leisure sector, we have been buoyed by the continued level of occupational demand for Northern Gateway.
“Our revised plans will help to deliver an exciting, state-of-the-art leisure development for Colchester in a post-Covid environment.”
Colchester Council’s firm Colchester Amphora Trading is project managing the scheme along with neighbouring plans for 350 new homes, a private hospital, homes for elderly residents and commercial floorspace…