Plans to re-develop the Clock Towers Shopping Centre and build a new cinema and restaurants have been approved.
Rugby Borough Council’s planning committee discussed the proposal and gave it the go-ahead last night (Wednesday).
The long-awaited proposal includes the former Gala Bingo site and Cemex offices in Evreux Way, Rugby.
The plans feature a two-storey cinema with a bar and new food and drink outlets.
The existing Cemex offices on the site would be demolished and workers would be relocated. Around 200 jobs are expected to be created by the development.
Those behind the plans hope the cinema and restaurants will attract people to the town centre after 6pm and improve the town’s leisure scene.
Aftab Gaffar, managing director of Rugby First, said: “This exciting development would be great news for the town centre and customers alike.
“It would attract new investment, new businesses and also provide customers with a more attractive place to visit and further enhance the town centre offer.
“Most importantly, it would provide customers with a more leisure based experience rather than just focusing on the traditional retail offer. This mix of retail and leisure will be vital if we are to maintain the vibrancy of the town centre going forward and ensure we continue to compete with neighbouring town centres, out of town developments and online shopping.”
The development is expected to utilise the Clock Towers’ existing 594-space car park and there are currently no plans to extend it.
Rugby MP Mark Pawsey said: “I’m very pleased to see continued investment in the town centre. Rugby is growing and the new housing developments will provide a larger customer base. I think it will help increase the vitality of the town.”
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