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02.06.2016

York Cinema says it may close if rival is approved – stadium project faces further delay

A CITY centre cinema has threatened a legal challenge against plans for a rival venue, in a move that could cause further delays to York’s Community Stadium.

Agents for Reel in Blossom Street say it might have to close if councillors approve enlarged plans for a multiplex beside the proposed stadium at Monks Cross.

They have urged City of York Council to deem the application by developers Wrenbridge Sport York Ltd ‘invalid’ and say Reel could challenge its validity in the courts if the planning committee makes a decision on it next week.

But Wrenbridge has warned that any further delays in the planning process at this stage could have a knock on impact on the timescales for the development. The much-delayed stadium is currently scheduled for completion in time for York City to start playing there in September 2018.

Wrenbridge wants permission for a much bigger cinema than was approved by the council last May. They want to increase its height, increase the number of seats from 2,000 to 2,400 and add an extra screen, taking the total to 13. They say the changes are needed to meet the requirements of a specific cinema operator.

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York Cinema says it may close if rival is approved – stadium project faces further delay