New cinema for Ely moves a step closer as developer unveils plans

The site of the possible cinema, in Downham Road, Ely.

The site of the possible cinema, in Downham Road, Ely. - Credit: Archant

A Cambridge-based developer has unveiled plans which could see a cinema and leisure development built on the outskirts of Ely.

The leisure centre was approved by the council in 2010 but has failed to materialise

The leisure centre was approved by the council in 2010 but has failed to materialise - Credit: Archant

Turnstone (Ely) Ltd has approached East Cambridgeshire District Council with a ‘screening option’ for what it has called a ‘leisure development’ next to Ely Rugby Club, in Downham Road.

It is understood that the development will include a cinema.

The Downham Road site had previously won planning permission back in 2010 for a £12million pound leisure centre but, with no funds forthcoming, the council has been unable to progress the project.

Now, it is hoped, under the control of Turnstone, the project for a cinema could be progressed without the need for capital expenditure by the council.


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But the plans will have to progress past the screening option stage first, before a full planning application is forthcoming.

A screening option is becoming an increasingly popular 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.

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A decision on the application is expected within the next month.

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