worksop’S long-awaited cinema has taken another step to completion - despite concerns over archaeological threats to the surrounding area.
Bassetlaw councillors unanimously rubber-stamped proposals for the 968-seat Savoy Cinema development on Potter Street at last Thursday’s planning meeting.
Concerns were raised by English Heritage over “buried archaeological resource” as the site lies within Worksop Castle and the Grade II-listed Ship Inn.
But it was felt that the regeneration benefits the cinema would bring would far outweigh any potential impact on the town’s Conservation Area.
Portfolio holder for finance and property Coun Terry Yates said having a town-centre cinema would bring “significant” benefits to the area.
“The cinema is the sort of catalyst that Worksop needs and it’s an area where we need to do something,” he said.
“I have been working closely on this project for five years and we have looked at a number of sites. The Potter Street location is the best option and will make Worksop much more attractive.”
Bassetlaw Council said dates for contract signing and building work are still being firmed up, but it is expected the cinema will be completed early 2012.
Project officials say the six-screen multiplex will boast the latest 3D technology and will help to revitalise both day and night-time economies.
Only two letters were received from local residents objecting to the application - saying the cinema would be out of character with its surroundings and that money would be better spent regenerating the market.
But councillors said they thought the development was “good news” for Worksop and that the council had learnt important lessons from the previous cinema proposals.
Coun Annette Simpson said: “I don’t think it will be detrimental at all to Worksop and actually manages to hide the doctor’s surgery lying behind it. These proposals are actually better than I ever expected.”
Coun Graham Oxby said the council was truly “at the point of delivery” on the cinema development.
“People do have a genuine concern about the appearance of the area but I genuinely don’t think it’s out of kilter with anything in particular, and I support this application,” he said.