Long awaited plans for Bishop Auckland cinema finally revealed

The Northern Echo: CINEMA HOPES: Councillor Rob Yorke on the proposed site CINEMA HOPES: Councillor Rob Yorke on the proposed site

A NORTH-EAST town's long wait for a cinema may soon be about to end as £40m plans for a leisure development are set to be unveiled to the public.

A two-day public consultation will be held at Bishop Auckland Football Club’s Heritage Park this week to showcase plans for a multi-screen cinema, shops and restaurants at St Helen Auckland.

The development is being planned for 24 acres of wasteland next to the West Auckland bypass and behind the Tindale Crossing Pub.

Land Planning Partnership, the company behind the plans, will be seeking the views of the public at the club on Wednesday and Thursday, December 5 and 6.

County councillor for West Auckland Rob Yorke said he has full confidence these plans are genuine and that, subject to planning permission, they will go ahead.

He said the scheme will create several hundred jobs, adding: “This is the best Christmas present we could hope for.”

Terry Jackson, chairman of Bishop Auckland Football Club welcomed the news.

A multi-screen cinema had originally been planned as part of the development which saw the creation of the Sainsbury’s supermarket and new football stadium.

While the shop, stadium and two restaurants opened in 2010 and 2011, the cinema plans were shelved due to a downturn in the economy.

Mr Jackson, who grew up in St Helen Auckland, said he was disappointed when the cinema part of the scheme failed to materialise but is confident these new plans will progress.

He said: “I still pinch myself when I see how this area has regenerated over the past few years but what we all really want is a cinema.”

There are also several shops, a food court, and bowling alley planned as part of the cinema development.

West Auckland county councillor Andy Turner said: “People ask me every day what is happening with the cinema, this is the best thing that could happen here.”

The consultation will be open from 10am to 8pm with the public’s opinions going towards a planning application to be submitted to Durham County Council in the near future.

The site, which used to be a brick works and builder’s yard, has been derelict for decades.

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8:50am Mon 3 Dec 12

JayCol says...

Just what is needed in Bishop Auckland, somewhere for the whole family to go and enjoy. Let`s hope it goes ahead.
Just what is needed in Bishop Auckland, somewhere for the whole family to go and enjoy. Let`s hope it goes ahead. JayCol
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10:24am Mon 3 Dec 12

Voice-of-reality says...

No doubt Councillor Zair will complain that such a development detracts from the town centre and that a cinema should, therefore, be built next to an existing cafe in the town.
regardless of such self-interest, we can but hope that this development goes ahead to once again retain and increase footfall into the Greater Bishop area.
No doubt Councillor Zair will complain that such a development detracts from the town centre and that a cinema should, therefore, be built next to an existing cafe in the town. regardless of such self-interest, we can but hope that this development goes ahead to once again retain and increase footfall into the Greater Bishop area. Voice-of-reality
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10:44am Mon 3 Dec 12

Jolly Roger says...

Well it would certain make use of land that is an eye sore from West Auckland by-pass.

But I hope that the Bishop Auckland people realise that in reality they is real no land left in the centre of Bishop for buildings like this.

So face the facts and support this development or lose out big time.

A
Well it would certain make use of land that is an eye sore from West Auckland by-pass. But I hope that the Bishop Auckland people realise that in reality they is real no land left in the centre of Bishop for buildings like this. So face the facts and support this development or lose out big time. A Jolly Roger
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1:27pm Mon 3 Dec 12

holmesc1 says...

has bishop got catchment area for multiplex cinema? especially with one planned for darlington too
has bishop got catchment area for multiplex cinema? especially with one planned for darlington too holmesc1
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7:20pm Mon 3 Dec 12

foss says...

holmesc1 wrote:
has bishop got catchment area for multiplex cinema? especially with one planned for darlington too
If we can sustain two supermarkets and two coffee shops within spitting distance of each other surely we can sustain a cinema.
[quote][p][bold]holmesc1[/bold] wrote: has bishop got catchment area for multiplex cinema? especially with one planned for darlington too[/p][/quote]If we can sustain two supermarkets and two coffee shops within spitting distance of each other surely we can sustain a cinema. foss
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8:57pm Mon 3 Dec 12

bishop1 says...

not to mention that we have teesdale , weardale etc in our catchment areas .
really hope this gets the go ahead
not to mention that we have teesdale , weardale etc in our catchment areas . really hope this gets the go ahead bishop1
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10:20pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Axziz68 says...

Get in for us and our children,, Sick of having to drive to boro to watch a movie and go bowling,, we live in aycliffe and its 10 mins away,, excellent news, just wish it happened 10 years ago,, great for jobs too....Well done ..
Get in for us and our children,, Sick of having to drive to boro to watch a movie and go bowling,, we live in aycliffe and its 10 mins away,, excellent news, just wish it happened 10 years ago,, great for jobs too....Well done .. Axziz68
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2:09pm Tue 4 Dec 12

freelance says...

WELCOME TO TINDALE CRESCENT.......the true location of this proposed development.
WELCOME TO TINDALE CRESCENT.......the true location of this proposed development. freelance
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5:58pm Tue 4 Dec 12

bishop/ says...

as said above could not be built soon enough sick of having to drive to teeside or newcastle.would go down a storm with all ages and types of people.just wish it never got shelved in first place and would have brrn built by now.
as said above could not be built soon enough sick of having to drive to teeside or newcastle.would go down a storm with all ages and types of people.just wish it never got shelved in first place and would have brrn built by now. bishop/
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5:58pm Tue 4 Dec 12

bishop/ says...

as said above could not be built soon enough sick of having to drive to teeside or newcastle.would go down a storm with all ages and types of people.just wish it never got shelved in first place and would have brrn built by now.
as said above could not be built soon enough sick of having to drive to teeside or newcastle.would go down a storm with all ages and types of people.just wish it never got shelved in first place and would have brrn built by now. bishop/
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7:51am Wed 5 Dec 12

bishop1 says...

freelance wrote:
WELCOME TO TINDALE CRESCENT.......the true location of this proposed development.
tindale crescent is still in bishop auckland , rather have the development here than in another town , not like there is much room in the town itself for a development such as this anyway .
[quote][p][bold]freelance[/bold] wrote: WELCOME TO TINDALE CRESCENT.......the true location of this proposed development.[/p][/quote]tindale crescent is still in bishop auckland , rather have the development here than in another town , not like there is much room in the town itself for a development such as this anyway . bishop1
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9:06am Wed 5 Dec 12

maw.si says...

I live in Darlo but refuse point blank to use the town facility's.This great news for the Auckland area as a whole.I do all my shopping at St Helen Auckland and with the new stores just been built has given me more choice.Also Two great pubs in the area already,and now hopefully a cinema to match.All thats needed now is a electrical, furniture & fashion retailers and i will never have to go to the metro or teeside again,:-)
I live in Darlo but refuse point blank to use the town facility's.This great news for the Auckland area as a whole.I do all my shopping at St Helen Auckland and with the new stores just been built has given me more choice.Also Two great pubs in the area already,and now hopefully a cinema to match.All thats needed now is a electrical, furniture & fashion retailers and i will never have to go to the metro or teeside again,:-) maw.si
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