New £13m leisure development at Broughton has January 2014 start date
Building will begin in January on the £13m leisure development at Broughton Shopping Park.
Plans for the development include an 11-screen Cineworld cinema and five restaurants including Frankie and Benny’s, Chiquito and Pizza Express.
The project was given planning permission by Flintshire County Council last April.
Developers hope the project will be open to the public by spring 2015.
The new complex will mean closure for Chester’s current Cineworld Cinema on Greyhound Park, with its lease coming to an end in 2015.
Once complete, the development will create more than 230 jobs, plus construction roles.
The plans beat a rival bid by Development Securities for a six-screen cinema, 80-bed hotel, food and drink units and 450 car parking spaces.
Broughton councillor Billy Mullin said: “I firmly believe this opportunity to open a cinema and restaurants is fully supported by Broughton residents and the wider community. We need to take this opportunity to underpin the sustainability of the shopping park.”
Broughton councillor Mike Lowe added: “This is great news for the residents of Broughton. I’ve supported it from the beginning and the new jobs created will be very welcome to the area.”
Colin Gilligan, Broughton Shopping Park manager, said: “This is excellent news. We’re still in the process of finalising plans, but work will begin in January and hopefully be completed by spring 2015.
“The new cinema and restaurants will reinforce and enhance the overall attraction of the destination and preserve the vitality of the existing shopping park.”
New parking will be provided to replace spaces and a new public space will also be created in front of the restaurant and cinema entrances.
There will also be improvements to public transport at the retail park.