Plans approved for £10m arts cinema on former Beales department store site

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PLANS to build a £10m art-house cinema and leisure complex in the middle of a Yorkshire spa town have been given the go-ahead by councillors.

The scheme, put forward by developer 4Urban, would see the former Beales department store in Harrogate demolished and a five-screen cinema, plus bars and restaurants, built in its place.

The plans for the building on Albert Street/Station Parade, on the fringe of the town centre’s core shopping streets, were unanimously supported by Harrogate Council’s planning committee.

Paul Lancaster, managing director of Harrogate-based 4Urban, said: “We are delighted that the planning committee has approved our plans.

“This will enable us to deliver a high quality scheme that will include an art house cinema and high quality restaurants and bars – all new to Harrogate – in an accessible and attractive leisure hub that will add significantly to the vitality of the town centre.”

Demolition of the 1950s former Co-operative building is scheduled to begin in mid January, with the aim of completing the building by late 2015.

Nine units, which have consent for bars, restaurants, retail or office space, will also be created.

4Urban estimates that, once completed, the redevelopment will create up to 200 new jobs at the scheme.

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