Chester's only remaining cinema would flicker out of existence along with the city’s only remaining bowling alley to be replaced by a 24 hour superstore if plans are approved on Tuesday (August 6).
The application would spell the end for both Cineworld on the Greyhound Park and the 30 lane Tenpin bowl.
The bowl is expected to cease trading in any event, councillors are being told in a report, as it is not commercially viable.
It only remains open due to the rent being subsidised.
Cineworld is not intending to renew its lease in 2016 as the premises are unsuitable and with competition from venues, such as The Coliseum, it also is not viable.
A new 11 screen complex is expected to open on the nearby Broughton Retail Park at the same time.
The application, by L S (Greyhound) Ltd, has been called in by Blacon councillor Reggie Jones (Lab).
He argues there is a need for a ‘robust’ traffic and travel assessment and points to a lack of public transport to the Greyhound Park.
Cllr Jones fears the loss of the leisure facilities will change the nature of the retail park and there will be an ‘unintended consequence’ of increased anti social behaviour.
He feels there is a need for a retail needs assessment and complains of the continued lack of a comprehensive development brief for the area.
Chester Civic Trust opposes the application due to the loss of the cinema and insists the new local plan should identify a site for a new cinema which is easily accessible by public transport.
Two further objections have been submitted raising traffic issues and pointing out the retail park cannot be reached by public transport and is inaccessible to people without their own transport particularly the elderly.
The loss of the leisure facilities is raised and it is claimed there is ‘no need’ for another supermarket.
There is no objection from the highway authority subject to improvements nearby.
Three adjoining units would continue for retail, planners explain.
The principle of a large supermarket has already been established by a previous permission
There is no longer a requirement for the need for the supermarket to be justified and there would be little effect on the city centre.
Nearby employment premises would be lost to parking but the developers would finance job creation in Blacon.
The equivalent of 116 full time jobs would be available from the development increasing local earnings by almost £2m a year.
Borough planners point out there is expected to be a gap of only two years between the loss of the cinema and the opening of the proposed new city centre cinema in 2018.
The application is recommended for approval to a meeting of the borough’s planning committee in HQ on Tuesday at 4pm.