Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents will be delighted that following an intervention by the Peterborough Tribune, in the form of a long detailed letter to the PCC Planning Committee, supporting the planning application for a muti-screen IMAX cinema in the Queensgate; planning permission was subsequently granted, only to be challenged by the promotors of New North Westgate (possibly egged on by Stewart Jackson MP) so it went for a full high court legal tussle.
The Judge has now ruled the Queensgate scheme can go ahead. The legal hearing underlined the somewhat spurious nature of the New North Westgate scheme but clearly underlined the importance of the Broadway Theatre and Cinema in attracting many thousands to the City of Peterborough ( during the well promoted Bill Kenwright seasons) and City centre businesses all reported record business.
|The Broadway as it originally was the ODEON ,,,|
The Broadway is in danger of being lost, under threat from its current owner (who paid very little for it as a distress sale) and a blinkered council leader who does not see the huge asset the space could be to the City in the right hands.
Mr Fasulo meanwhile wants to turn the art -deco cinema/theatre into a block of premium privately owned flats ( and NO affordable flats in the current scheme). This timeline highlights some of his other projects.
The loss of this important 1,000 seat auditorium will condemn the City of Peterborough being denied major live 'west -end' style touring productions, but just left with the small 'Dog & Pony' shows applicable to small audiences and tiny provincial theatre spaces.
The council boasts that it is attracting businesses (well shed based business anyway) and inter-alia encouraging massive new housing starts. It would seem only logical that with its rapidly growing population, as it currently has access to a 1,000 plus auditorium in Central Peterborough it should figfht tooth and nail to hold onto the Broadway, be acquired by the council for the City, and any attempts to grant planning permission for a series of high end flats (and NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING) should be thrown out. Mr Fasulu acquired the BROADWAY at a nominal valuation, as a theatre/cinema.
This is part of the Peterborough Tribune submission:
We would submit there is no valid reason for not applying a like logic in approving the ‘shovel ready’ Full Planning Application 15/01013/FUL Queensgate Shopping Centre, Westgate, Peterborough, and its proposal for a small multiplex cinema. The cinema proposed will have little or no bearing on the North Westgate future development as it already has a well defined audience sustained by regular TV campaigns attracting footfall to the City Centre and thus a positive benefit for any completed Phases of the North Westgate scheme.
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