Hopes fade for city-centre cinema as deadline is set to be missed

PUBLISHED: 18:44 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

HOPES of a cinema for the centre of St Albans are receding as there is no sign of a new plan pending before the ultimatum. St Albans District Council (SADC) told developers Henry Davidson that they must submit a new application by the end of March. But th

HOPES of a cinema for the centre of St Albans are receding as there is no sign of a new plan pending before the ultimatum.

St Albans District Council (SADC) told developers Henry Davidson that they must submit a new application by the end of March. But the council's Cabinet has been told that there was no sign of any movement on the cinema front.

Speaking after the Cabinet meeting, Cllr Chris Brazier, the council's planning portfolio holder, said: "There is no update at present but if we do not receive a new application by the deadline then the contract between us can be terminated by either side."

Henry Davidson has a contract until 2011 with the council which has a clause that a planning application has to be submitted by 2009. But the firm has asked for an extension to their contract because of the economic downturn. Instead of agreeing to the extension, the council insisted on a new application being submitted by March.

The company has already submitted two previous applications to build a mixed-use scheme including a multiplex cinema, flats and restaurants on the site of the council's car park in Bricket Road, St Albans.

The most recent application which was dubbed the Twin Towers because it had two blocks, one of eight storeys and the other of 12, was withdrawn in March 2007 following criticism of its design and its impact on the city-centre skyline.

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