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Thursday, July 28, 2016


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.

47.   Without a vibrant Queensgate Shopping Centre producing day on day substantial financial revenues for the City Council, the council deficit would be clearly much larger and continue to grow. The QSC has new owners who are well resourced, know this region well, employ hundreds of local people, they are securely funded and are considerably improving and renovating an ‘elderly’ shopping centre, in our view a valuable City centre core asset, sadly neglected by its previous owners, who decided Peterborough had no future, as the High Speed Railway was routed through Birmingham where they now operate from. It would be commercial suicide by the City Council not to nurture and encourage new business and create new opportunities. To cave into the style of ‘threats’ contained within the Saville letter, would show to prospective Times Top 100 companies, that they too would meet objections from Savill, Bristol on behalf of their client if they also dared as QSC is seeking to do, to increase the attractiveness of their retail or presentational offer in the City Centre,  Other potential new business would soon be aware of the QSC Cinema Planning decision, if only that Saville Bristol will use it as a case history promoting their mantra:

48.  “Economic and policy conditions continue to put pressure on the profitability and deliverability of development projects. Viability appraisals and evidence are increasingly becoming the key to unlocking constraints and bringing forward development. Our main goal is to help clients de-risk affordable housing within schemes and deliver financially viable planning consents….”  Savill Website

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