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Cinema site plans get thumbs-up

Plans to build homes on a derelict cinema site have been given the thumbs up by town councillors.

North Hertfordshire Homes is hoping to develop the site of the old Royston cinema, after it was closed down in 2000.

The cinema building was knocked down two years later and the site was temporarily used for a restaurant and open-air swimming pool.

The area has been disused for the past two years and members of Royston Town Council have applauded plans to build 24 homes there. The development would consist of six one-bedroom flats, four two-bedroom flats, four two-bedroom houses and 10 three-bedroom houses.

Cllr Marguerite Phillips said: “Having had a look at the plans, I would most definitely support this application. It is a wonderful development and a wonderful opportunity for that site.”

Cllr Robert Smith added: “This has been a long time coming. They have done a great job with a landmark site and have blended in the building to the surroundings.”

Cllr Lynn Berry, chairman of the planning committee, said: “I am sure that with a couple of tweaks here and there the application will go through. I am mindful to support this application.”

Kevin Thompson, chief executive of NHH, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Royston Town Council on this exciting scheme and we welcome their positive support.”

The proposals also include plans for a new access road from Priory Lane, new car parking facilities and landscaping work.

The final decision will be made by North Hertfordshire District Council some time in June.

 

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