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Capreon gain Planning Consent at Freshney Place Grimsby

Capreon have secured their 1st major Planning Approval since formation for a new complex offering a 9-screen cinema and seven restaurants as an extension to the popular Freshney Place Shopping Centre .

“This is an exciting time for Freshney Place,” said Capreon’s Development Director, Maurice Fitzgerald.

“The proposed new scheme is an extension to the existing shopping centre, and will be known as Freshney Place Riverhead. The development will house a brand-new 9 screen cinema, as well as 7 new restaurant units which will be home to a host of leading national operators new to Grimsby.

“This is the culmination of nearly two years hard work and input by the Team on behalf of Freshney Place Shopping Centres.”

The site comprises a redundant ex bus station area adjacent to the Freshney Place Shopping Centre, with the proposed development designed to compliment and work with the centre.

The development will also help create around 100 construction jobs and a further 250 long-term roles.. The capital investment, which includes tenant’s fit outs, will be over £18m .

The team hopes to see work commence within the next nine months and a projected completion date within 20 months post start-date.

Maurice Fitzgerald commented “As a regeneration project the site raises substantial challenges & the proposals rise to the challenge. We have worked closely with the Council and it is refreshing to work with a council who are committed to a shared vision.

This is an opportunity to approve a project of which Grimsby can be proud. Now is the time to turn the vision into reality acting a catalyst for further regeneration in Grimsby.”

The project was described by the Committee as a “Marvellous Design and welcomed as creating a new night time economy.”

Councillor Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for regeneration at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “This is a key element of our regeneration plans, and alongside the Town Deal and the work we’re progressing around the town centre, will represent a huge investment in Grimsby. I look forward to working with everyone involved and seeing the plans take shape on the ground.”