Multi-million pound Darlington leisure complex given go-ahead

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of the Feethams Leisure development An artist's impression of the Feethams Leisure development

A MULTI-MILLION pound leisure complex for Darlington has been given the go-ahead.

The Feethams Leisure project will transform the former bus depot site in Darlington into a nine-screen multiplex Vue cinema, 80-bedroom Premier Inn hotel and a number of bars and restaurants, including Nandos and Prezzo.

The plans, submitted by developers Terrace Hill, were today (Wednesday, December 18) approved by Darlington Borough Council’s planning applications committee and work is expected to get underway next year, with the complex opening in autumn 2015.

Speaking at the meeting, chairman of the committee, councillor Paul Baldwin said: “This shows Darlington is very much open for business.”

Duncan McEwan, head of retail and leisure development at Terrace Hill said: “Since announcing our proposals for Feethams Leisure 13 months ago, we have been greatly encouraged by all of the positive feedback received, with the decision by DBC members reflecting the overwhelming public support for Feethams Leisure.

“The development will not only provide a much-needed leisure facility within the town, but will help to create over 500 jobs once completed and will generate significant inward investment as a result of the high number of out-of-town visitors anticipated.

“Over the coming months, we look forward to announcing additional national and independent operators to the scheme to ensure Feethams Leisure provides a unique and varied leisure experience for all.

“We would like to thank everyone that has taken part in the consultation and for contributing to the planning application approval.”

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5:40pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Copley23 says...

Yay! Oh that'll be right smashing for all of you Darlo folk.

Enjoy.

I'll just continue going elsewhere until I'm convinced I'll be able to park......
Yay! Oh that'll be right smashing for all of you Darlo folk. Enjoy. I'll just continue going elsewhere until I'm convinced I'll be able to park...... Copley23

6:26pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Darloresident says...

Great news... Now lets hope all of the development actually comes to fruition by the published timescales..
I will still only believe it when the Buliding works actually start.
This would not be the first time planning consent has been approved for town centre developments that have come to nought..
Great news... Now lets hope all of the development actually comes to fruition by the published timescales.. I will still only believe it when the Buliding works actually start. This would not be the first time planning consent has been approved for town centre developments that have come to nought.. Darloresident

7:16pm Wed 18 Dec 13

foss says...

Oh how nice for Darlo when they already have a cinema, and another two only 15 minutes drive away in Middlesbrough, while those of us near Bishop Auckland have naff all even vaguely nearby and are still waiting for our promised similar development to magically appear.
Oh how nice for Darlo when they already have a cinema, and another two only 15 minutes drive away in Middlesbrough, while those of us near Bishop Auckland have naff all even vaguely nearby and are still waiting for our promised similar development to magically appear. foss

7:46pm Wed 18 Dec 13

andygib263 says...

foss wrote:
Oh how nice for Darlo when they already have a cinema, and another two only 15 minutes drive away in Middlesbrough, while those of us near Bishop Auckland have naff all even vaguely nearby and are still waiting for our promised similar development to magically appear.
I'm sure with the regular transport links to Darlington alot of people will enjoy the facilties offered in Darlington
[quote][p][bold]foss[/bold] wrote: Oh how nice for Darlo when they already have a cinema, and another two only 15 minutes drive away in Middlesbrough, while those of us near Bishop Auckland have naff all even vaguely nearby and are still waiting for our promised similar development to magically appear.[/p][/quote]I'm sure with the regular transport links to Darlington alot of people will enjoy the facilties offered in Darlington andygib263

9:10pm Wed 18 Dec 13

thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth says...

Hopefully this will happen. Fingers crossed. So long as the thieves in the council keep well away it should be fine.
Hopefully this will happen. Fingers crossed. So long as the thieves in the council keep well away it should be fine. thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth

10:23pm Wed 18 Dec 13

bishop1 says...

rather go to teesside park , easier to get parked
rather go to teesside park , easier to get parked bishop1

12:18am Thu 19 Dec 13

markdarlo says...

Why will parking be an issue. Most people who will use it, will be doing so in the evening, when the car parks are practically empty and FREE. Get over yourselves and stop moaning at progression.
Why will parking be an issue. Most people who will use it, will be doing so in the evening, when the car parks are practically empty and FREE. Get over yourselves and stop moaning at progression. markdarlo

8:31pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Lifetime Townie says...

Let us all hope that it all happens but we have seen it all before at the Commercial Street site and the Debenhams idea to take over N. Echo building. Commercial Street must be dead and buried by now with no further interest by the developers.
Let us all hope that it all happens but we have seen it all before at the Commercial Street site and the Debenhams idea to take over N. Echo building. Commercial Street must be dead and buried by now with no further interest by the developers. Lifetime Townie

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