Ely cinema plans set to be unveiled for the first time

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
1:10 PM

The developer behind plans for a new cinema and leisure village on the outskirts of Ely is preparing to unveil its plans to the public for the first time.

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Turnstone Estates will be holding a public exhibition to showcase their plans for the proposed £15m leisure village adjacent to the Ely Outdoor Sports Association, which will include a six-screen, Cineworld-backed cinema.

And, alongside the cinema, the company hopes to build five restaurants, with three drive-thrus.

The exhibition is set to be held on July 1 at Ely College, in Downham Road, from 3.30-8pm.

At the consultation, visitors will be asked to give their feedback on the plans, which will then be passed on to East Cambridgeshire District Council.

For those unable to attend, a website will also be launched on July 1 which will show what is proposed and enable people to feed comments through directly to Turnstone Estates.

People will also be encouraged to give their views on Twitter, using the hashtag #newcinemaforely.

Tim Deacon, director at Cambridge-based Turnstone Estates, said: “The public exhibition will enable local residents to feedback to us their comments before we submit our planning application to East Cambridgeshire District Council.

“I am especially pleased that we will are able to hold the exhibition at the college. The council is keen for us to ensure young people’s views are taken into account and we expect many students to pop in and have a look at these exciting proposals.”

Back in March, Turnstone entered the first stage of its plans to the district council in the shape of a ‘screening option’.

A screening option is a tool used by developers to see if a site requires a costly environmental impact assessment, whereby they would be obliged to assess and potentially mitigate the harmful environmental impact of the development.

But Turnstone was informed that it would not be required to carry out an assessment, which has paved the way for a full planning application to be submitted, expected to be by the end of the summer.

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