'Significant milestone' approaches for Darlington leisure development

Darlington and Stockton Times: BIG PLANS: An artist's impression of the cinema and leisure development planned for Darlington BIG PLANS: An artist's impression of the cinema and leisure development planned for Darlington

DETAILED plans for a multi-million pound leisure development in a North-East town – including a nine-screen cinema – will be discussed by councillors before Christmas.

Developer Terrace Hill hopes to receive planning permission for the Feethams Leisure project, in Darlington, which also includes bars, restaurants and an 80-bedroom hotel.

Members of Darlington Borough Council’s planning committee will consider the proposals, with town hall officials likely to recommend that planning permission is granted.

Should approval be given, it is expected that work will begin early next year and open in autumn 2015.

Since the announcement of the mixed-use leisure scheme in November last year, Terrace Hill has worked with the council and local residents to ensure the proposal provides a ‘quality and exciting leisure offer’ for the town for years to come.

Alongside national restaurant operators such as Nando's, the developer is also welcoming proposals from independent businesses that wish to be located on the prime space and to create a visitor experience that is unique to Darlington.

Duncan McEwan, Terrace Hill’s head of leisure and retail, said: “We have reached a significant milestone in the progress of the planning application.

“For many years, the town has lacked a quality, mixed-use development that provides a first-class leisure offer for locals and those living outside of Darlington.

“We are confident our plans for Feethams Leisure will not only fill this void, but go above and beyond the expectations of visitors.

“Furthermore, should the scheme be approved, Feethams Leisure will become one of Darlington’s largest employment sites with more than 500 jobs created upon completion with additional jobs during the construction phase.

“By establishing a prime leisure destination in the heart of Darlington town centre, we are confident that we can bring positive economic benefits to local people and have a significant effect on Darlington as a whole for many years to come.

“We would like to thank the public for their overwhelming support, and would encourage them to continue to express their views.”

Search for Feethams Leisure on Facebook or follow @FeethamsLeisure on Twitter.

The committee meets at 1.30pm on Wednesday, December 18, at Darlington Town Hall.

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11:56am Sat 7 Dec 13

oliviaden6 says...

Bill and His Buddies discussing something now there is a Novelty?
Bill and His Buddies discussing something now there is a Novelty? oliviaden6

12:26pm Sat 7 Dec 13

andygib263 says...

Wish they would just get on with it
Wish they would just get on with it andygib263

7:57pm Sat 7 Dec 13

harry2 says...

Omg that is ugly .
Omg that is ugly . harry2

9:52pm Sat 7 Dec 13

martinjw says...

I would love to see a decent cinema in the town, my only worry is traffic and parking. The council are already building on part of the car park for the education offices. I don’t know where these workers are going to park. Then they want to build a cinema on the rest of the car park. So where are all the cinema, restaurant and hotel staff going to park never mind all the customers and cinema goers.
I would love to see a decent cinema in the town, my only worry is traffic and parking. The council are already building on part of the car park for the education offices. I don’t know where these workers are going to park. Then they want to build a cinema on the rest of the car park. So where are all the cinema, restaurant and hotel staff going to park never mind all the customers and cinema goers. martinjw

11:58pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Spy Boy says...

Maybe they are trying to come up with some ideas ? Usually a recipe of disaster. How come they are not building the car park first, so that everyone has somewhere to park when visiting the cinema ? I bet they don't offer free parking to people using the cinema, like Middlesbrough.
Maybe they are trying to come up with some ideas ? Usually a recipe of disaster. How come they are not building the car park first, so that everyone has somewhere to park when visiting the cinema ? I bet they don't offer free parking to people using the cinema, like Middlesbrough. Spy Boy

4:37pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Homshaw1 says...

Spy Boy wrote:
Maybe they are trying to come up with some ideas ? Usually a recipe of disaster. How come they are not building the car park first, so that everyone has somewhere to park when visiting the cinema ? I bet they don't offer free parking to people using the cinema, like Middlesbrough.
Went to Middlesbrough for the first time on Saturday, Parking is free for two hours or a pound for a full day. It was easy to get in and out of. There is lots more choice when it comes to shopping., If you are going by bus there is a "state of the art" bus station which is so easy to use compared to Darlington's confused layout..

Darlington really does need to up its game because if you are torn between the two it is a no brainer and that is without considering Teesside Park and the Metro Centre.
[quote][p][bold]Spy Boy[/bold] wrote: Maybe they are trying to come up with some ideas ? Usually a recipe of disaster. How come they are not building the car park first, so that everyone has somewhere to park when visiting the cinema ? I bet they don't offer free parking to people using the cinema, like Middlesbrough.[/p][/quote]Went to Middlesbrough for the first time on Saturday, Parking is free for two hours or a pound for a full day. It was easy to get in and out of. There is lots more choice when it comes to shopping., If you are going by bus there is a "state of the art" bus station which is so easy to use compared to Darlington's confused layout.. Darlington really does need to up its game because if you are torn between the two it is a no brainer and that is without considering Teesside Park and the Metro Centre. Homshaw1

8:52pm Sun 8 Dec 13

thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth says...

If Dixon and Co have anything to do with it you can guarantee it'll fall way short of potential and expectations. The stooges in the town hall really couldn't organise a **** up in a brewery.
If Dixon and Co have anything to do with it you can guarantee it'll fall way short of potential and expectations. The stooges in the town hall really couldn't organise a **** up in a brewery. thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth

7:37pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Spy Boy says...

Homshaw1 wrote:
Spy Boy wrote:
Maybe they are trying to come up with some ideas ? Usually a recipe of disaster. How come they are not building the car park first, so that everyone has somewhere to park when visiting the cinema ? I bet they don't offer free parking to people using the cinema, like Middlesbrough.
Went to Middlesbrough for the first time on Saturday, Parking is free for two hours or a pound for a full day. It was easy to get in and out of. There is lots more choice when it comes to shopping., If you are going by bus there is a "state of the art" bus station which is so easy to use compared to Darlington's confused layout..

Darlington really does need to up its game because if you are torn between the two it is a no brainer and that is without considering Teesside Park and the Metro Centre.
Quite. It can be done, but you need someone in charge that actually has some ambition for the town rather than themselves.
[quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Spy Boy[/bold] wrote: Maybe they are trying to come up with some ideas ? Usually a recipe of disaster. How come they are not building the car park first, so that everyone has somewhere to park when visiting the cinema ? I bet they don't offer free parking to people using the cinema, like Middlesbrough.[/p][/quote]Went to Middlesbrough for the first time on Saturday, Parking is free for two hours or a pound for a full day. It was easy to get in and out of. There is lots more choice when it comes to shopping., If you are going by bus there is a "state of the art" bus station which is so easy to use compared to Darlington's confused layout.. Darlington really does need to up its game because if you are torn between the two it is a no brainer and that is without considering Teesside Park and the Metro Centre.[/p][/quote]Quite. It can be done, but you need someone in charge that actually has some ambition for the town rather than themselves. Spy Boy

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