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Proposed Portland Park Cinema

Introduction

Welcome to our public consultation page for the exciting proposals for the development of Portland Park Cinema at land to the east of Lintonville Terrance, Portland Park, Ashington, Northumberland.

DPP Planning, on behalf of Advance Northumberland, is preparing to submit a Full Planning Application to Northumberland County Council for the proposed development of Portland Park Cinema. Ahead of submission, we invite you to view the proposal and provide any feedback on the proposed scheme.

This period of public consultation follows a recent consultation exercise on the
wider Ashington Regeneration Programme in May 2024. This new period of public consultation relates only to the proposal for the Portland Park Cinema
development before a planning application is submitted and provides a second
opportunity for residents and stakeholders to consider the detailed proposal with more information available to view and comment on. The consultation will also include an additional in-person event on Wednesday 17th July 2024. Further details on this are provided under ‘Consultation Details’ below.

The site

The Site is a parcel of land approximately 0.8 ha in size. It lies within the northeast quarter of Ashington Town Centre in an area of redevelopment known as Portland Park. There is no existing development or buildings on the Site.

The Site is bound by Rotary Way and ASDA petrol station to the north, Ashington Leisure Centre to the northeast and ASDA Supermarket to the west. To the south and southwest are houses.

The Proposal

 

The Proposed Development is for a new six screen cinema, two restaurant units, and associated landscaping, car and cycle parking. The cinema is to be operated by Reel Cinema.

Please note, a previous planning application for this site was approved in 2020. This permission has since expired, and the development now proposed includes significant improvements both physically and operationally. These improvements
ensure that the scheme is deliverable and include:
• Surface level car parking, with no undercroft car park;
• Enhanced public realm improvements and landscaping;
• Updated design of cinema auditoriums in line with modern design standards with additional wider seating and more leg room.

The building will be two storeys in height, and be located in the southwestern part of the Site, with the car parking to the north.

New footpaths will be provided around the site, with space for meeting and external seating outside the main entrance to the cinema and restaurants. Materials will match those recently used at the leisure centre and within the town centre.

Level changes will be addressed with a lift providing access from the car park to the cinema at a higher level and large seating steps to the eastern boundary.

Street trees, hedges and shrub planting will soften the building and views into the car park creating an attractive environment and setting for the new building.

The proposed access and exit point is at the northeast of the Site’s boundary, south of the ASDA petrol station and is to be accessed via Portland Way.

Approximately 75 car parking spaces are proposed, and this includes provision for disabled spaces and some electric vehicle charging bays. Provision for cycle parking is also proposed, including covered and secured cycle spaces.

The Indicative Site Location Plan along with an indicative Landscape Masterplan are available to view below. Additional drawings along with the consultation boards which will be available to view at the consultation event will be uploaded to this website on Wednesday 17th July 2024.

Providing your Feedback

We would welcome any feedback you may have on the Proposed Development.

An in-person consultation event is being held at YMCA Northumberland in Ashington (North View, Ashington, NE63 9XQ) on Wednesday 17th July 2024 from 4pm to 7pm. Advance Northumberland along with members of the design team including their architect, landscape architect, and planning consultant will be available to discuss the proposals with you and answer any questions you may have. Feedback forms will be available at the event for you to provide comments.

Alternatively, please use the comment box below or email your comments to consultation@dppukltd.com. You can also post your comments to: DPP, Studio 015 Haylofts, St Thomas Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4LE.

Your comments will then be logged, and queries will be answered within the Statement of Community Involvement which will be submitted as part of the planning application to Northumberland County Council.

Please submit your comments on or before Wednesday 24th July 2024.

Feedback Form

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Location Plan
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Landscape Masterplan 
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