A nine-screen cinema, restaurants and bars will be built at the Walsall Waterfront development under new plans revealed today.
It is the second cinema scheme earmarked for Walsall town centre in the space of a month. Developer Kier Property said the £12 million leisure complex would complete the Waterfront.
The 64,500 sq ft scheme includes not only a cinema but also 36,800 sq ft of space for restaurants and bars, as well as 196 car parking spaces.
Proposals will go on show to the public next week ahead of a formal planning application being submitted later this month. The cinema operator and number of jobs will also be revealed next week.
James Nicholson, Kier Property’s senior development manager, said: “The site has been identified as the premier leisure destination in Walsall and will attract additional footfall, and our proposals will encourage linked shopping trips by improving pedestrian walkways to the rest of the town centre. The development will create new jobs for local people.”
Under the plans, a walkway on the northern side of the canal would also be landscaped, with a new footpath added.
Links to the town’s railway station and main shopping area in Park Street would also be improved.
Walsall’s regeneration councillor Adrian Andrew today said: “This is brilliant news for the Waterfront and I have been working for many years to secure a cinema in Walsall after being told by consultants ‘no chance’. Now we have two interested in our town and we are delivering for Walsall.”
The proposals will be on show at Walsall New Art Gallery from 11am to 5pm on March 14 and 10am to 4pm on March 15.
Last month, plans for a nine-screen cinema, restaurants and bars were unveiled for land next to the town’s multi-million pound Tesco. The £5m scheme, known as The Littleton Centre, would boast a Vue cinema. Plans have been submitted to Walsall Council by Cordwell Property Group.
Walsall already has one cinema, Showcase in Bentley Mill Way. Cineworld is also in nearby Wednesfield but does not have a branch in the borough.