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Residents give Bromley cinema thumbs up

Cathedral Group hosted an outdoor cinema at the car park in July

Cathedral Group hosted an outdoor cinema at the car park in July

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»A proposed cinema in the town centre has met with approval from residents, according to consultation results.

More than 400 people responded to plans to turn the Westmoreland Road car park in Bromley into a nine-screen multiplex cinema with restaurants, a 130-bed hotel and 200 apartments.

Cathedral Group, which has made the proposals, hosted an outdoor cinema at the car park in July where people filled in response cards.

The developers said 80 per cent of these supported the leisure elements of the scheme, particularly the proposed new cinema.

Residents commented that the plans would enable more family nights out and create job opportunities.

There are plans for a 400-space underground car park, but some people expressed concern because even with the new car park there will be fewer spaces overall.

Bromley is traditionally busy during Christmas when drivers can wait for more than an hour for a space at The Glades.

Arlene Van Bosch, of Cathedral Group, said: “There will be a net loss of around 180 car parking spaces.

“However, the top two floors of the current car park, around 100 spaces, are often unused.

“Although we hope the cinema will attract up to 750,000 people each year, peak use of the new car park, which will provide a safe, modern car parking environment, is likely to be in the evening and at weekends.” The developers have listed the most popular questions and added answers on its website.

Ms Van Bosch said: “People’s feedback is very important to help us take the plans to the next stage.”

Cathedral plans to submit its planning application next month.

n To see the questions/answers and more go to www.thisisbromleysouthcentral.com.


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