A multimillion pound multiplex cinema, restaurants and shops complex in Redhill town centre (Surrey) looks set to go ahead after the plans were approved by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s Planning Committee.
The redevelopment will include a six-screen cinema and up to eleven glass-fronted shops and family-style restaurants on the ground and first floors with 153 studio, one and two bedroom flats for private rent above.
Nearly all of the shops and restaurants have been pre-let to well-known brands. The scheme also includes basement parking for residents and a new pedestrian route connecting the High Street to Marketfield Way.
The development will replace the Council’s Marketfield Road surface car park plus twelve shops with offices above in the High Street, opposite the main entrance to The Belfry shopping centre.
Cllr Mrs Natalie Bramhall, Executive Member for Property, said: “It’s great news that the plans have been given the green light. It will give residents and the local workforce much better choice when it comes to eating out, shopping and spending their leisure time locally, particularly in the evening, as well as much needed town centre housing.
“The redevelopment will provide a huge boost to our regeneration ambitions and the local economy by creating hundreds of new jobs and increasing spend in the town.
“The next step now is for the architects to complete the detailed specifications for the scheme and for us to tender the building contract.”
The scheme was designed by architects PRP and will be delivered by Coplan Estates.
In response to the decision, Craig Sheach, Director at PRP, said:”We are thrilled to have achieved planning approval on Marketfield Way. This landmark scheme will be key in driving forward the regeneration of Redhill. The provision of a new cinema, restaurants and shops will turn the town centre into a destination in its own right, whilst the new apartments will provide much needed high-quality housing.”
Nick Doyle, Managing Director of Coplan Estates, said: “Obtaining planning consent is a strong statement of intent and I commend the Council on bringing their vision one step closer to fruition. We are sure that the market will react positively to the news and look forward to our continuing involvement with the Council on moving the scheme a step closer to the delivery phase.”
Construction is currently planned to start later in 2017 and be complete in 2019.