Go ahead for Doncaster cinema complex

Go ahead for Doncaster cinema complex

Doncaster Council has granted planning permission for the development of a new cinema complex creating around 100 jobs.

The cinema and restaurant scheme by Muse Developments in Doncaster’s Civic and Cultural Quarter will boast a 984 seat cinema and four family restaurants.

Muse Developments worked in partnership to deliver the award-winning first phase of the scheme which was completed in 2013.

This comprises a 157,000 sq ft civic office, ‘Cast’ – the new performance venue, new public square, housing and a refurbished 850-space multi-storey car park.

The cinema will complement the Cast theatre and together with the new restaurants provide a vibrant cultural and leisure development for the third side of Sir Nigel Gresley Square. 

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “This is fantastic news and shows the growing confidence of investors in Doncaster.  

"A new cinema and restaurants in the Waterdale area will help continue the regeneration of Doncaster and enhance the range of cultural and leisure attractions available in this part of the town centre. 

“My top priority is creating jobs and growth right across the borough. We have a number of major regeneration schemes taking place such as FARRRS and the National College for High Speed Rail."

Simon Dew, senior development surveyor at Muse Developments, added: “The commitment of Savoy Cinemas to Doncaster Civic and Cultural Quarter and the recent confirmation of planning consent is collectively a major milestone for our plans to deliver a high quality family leisure destination, which will boost footfall and bring wider benefits to the whole town centre.

“We are in active discussions with a number of well-known family restaurant operators that are keen to be part of this exciting development and look forward to making further announcements in the near future.”

The development is programmed to start on site in spring 2016 and be completed by early 2017.