Artist’s impression of the new Catterick cinema released

If you’ve been down to the site recently you’ll have seen how the development is rapidly advancing. A lot of the ground work has been carried out, old buildings demolished and cleared, the security fencing is up and we can expect building to start appearing on the new, lower, horizon any day.

But what will it look like? This is the artists impression released by developers Kier.


New look

In a press release accompanying the image, the developers say:

Lingfield (Catterick) Ltd, the joint venture set up between Kier Property and Lingfield Securities in order to deliver the £25m new town centre for Catterick Garrison, has revealed the first glimpse of the cinema that will form the focal point of the scheme.
A glimpse of how the new Empire Cinema in Catterick Garrison’s new town centre will look Empire Cinemas will operate a state-of-the-art, seven-screen cinema on the site, which will bring a new era of entertainment for residents of Catterick and the surrounding area. The new cinema will lie at the heart of the larger retail and leisure development being built by Kier and Lingfield.

Contracts have already been exchanged on more than 80% of the retail space available to several well-known high street brands, including Next and Sports Direct, as well as popular food and drink operators including Pizza Express, Starbucks, Prezzo and Greene King. Tenant agreements for the remaining retail space are currently going through final legal proceedings.

In May 2014 the joint venture’s construction partner, Kier Construction, started work on the site, which is situated just a few miles from the A1 and at the heart of the town.

Mark Robinson, associate director for Kier Property, commented: “We are delighted to be working with Empire Cinemas on this exciting retail and leisure development in Catterick, which will bring a new era of entertainment, shopping and leisure facilities to the town and act as a hub for the community.

“This is a major development, which will create jobs and bring money into the local economy when it officially opens in summer 2015.”

Justin Ribbons, CEO of Empire Cinemas, added: “We’re thrilled to be a part of this redevelopment and to be the ones to bring a cinema to the residents of Catterick. Its opening will create jobs for local people and we also hope it will boost the local economy. We believe everyone should be able to enjoy film on the big screen, so we’re thrilled that Empire Cinemas is to make this possible.”

Read more about the background to the development here.

Council approves Catterick cinema plans

Lingfield (Catterick) LTD.


Councillors have approved planning permission for the proposed seven screen cinema and town centre complex in Catterick Garrison.

The decision comes after months of tense exchanges between Richmondshire residents, businesses and developers.

A Richmondshire District Council planning committee had previously decided to defer their vote on the cinema after concerns were raised regarding the viability of Richmond’s Station Cinema should the Catterick complex go ahead.

A donation of £75,000 was offered by developers Lingfield Ltd, however The Station Cinema trustees declined.

In a statement to the council, John Culpan from Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust said the trustees declined the offer to not prejudice the Station’s Cinema’s opposition to the seven screen application.

The planning committee also heard statements from several members of the public both in support and opposed to the development.

Fifteen-year-old Richmond School student, Cerys Jay Scott, told the committee her support for the Catterick cinema reflected the views of other youngsters.

Miss Scott said: “My parents try to encourage me to go out more…but I can’t see the point at the moment, as there is usually nowhere to go.

“I hope you take the opinion of the younger generation into account when you are considering your decision.”

An online petition in support of the development attracted just under 1,500 signatures between March 25 and 1 April. [See link:]

The debate also saw councillors slam a suggestion by Councillor Duff that a report from the council’s Monitoring Officer, Callum McKeon, was ‘pernicious’.

The document in question was an unbiased assessment of whether key tenants, such as clothing shop Next, would pull out of the town centre project if the seven screen cinema was not approved.





Catterick Cinema decision: Live steam link no longer works

Update 27 April: It has been brought to our attention via the Facebook page that the link below no longer shows the livestream from the meeting. For some reason, the streaming only showed via the link while it was live on the night and now we are unable to upload an archived version. If we do find a way to do it, we will share it here again but in the meantime, many apologies.

Please click the following link to view meeting.

Catterick cinema decision: latest developments

By Stewart Paterson.

Councillors are likely to decide whether to grant planning permission for the proposed seven-screen Catterick Cinema tonight.

It comes after The Station Cinema rejected a developer’s offer of £75,000 compensation in the on-going dispute over the creation of a new seven screen cinema in Catterick Garrison.

A poll on the Richmond Notice Board website showed the vast majority of respondents were in favour of the new development.

The Richmond District Council planning committee, which will be streamed live on Richmond Notice Board, will meet at 6.30 pm in the Swale Meeting Room at Mercury House, Station Road, Richmond.

Be sure to check back on Richmond Notice Board tonight at 6.30 pm for a live stream of the committee.

Follow Stewart Paterson on Twitter @StewartPaterson92 for a live thread of key points during the meeting.

Crunch time for cinema decision

Well tonight’s the night when the cinema proposal which has divided public opinion should finally get decided.

Here’s how readers of this blog hope the vote goes.

Also on today is the Chiq Vintique fair at the Town Hall
check out everything we know that’s happening in April and feel free to share your events there for free too.

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Most viewed in March – Ruling against proposed 7 screen Catterick cinema ‘will set Richmondshire back by at least five years’ says council officer

The proposals for the seven screen cinema at Catterick Garrison is back before the planners on Tuesday night. And, for the second time, councillors are being advised to vote ‘yes’ or risk losing the opportunity for redevelopment.

Elected councillors on the planning committee failed to make a decision last month and instead deferred the plan for a month – something they can not repeatedly do as they are required by statute to deal with planning applications in a timely manner.

When they sit down at Mercury House this week, they will be told again by their officers with legal experience, that the application should go-ahead.

Before the vote last month, many councillors were lobbied by individuals and groups as part of a campaign against the proposals organised by The Station cinema which fears the competition.

But this month, those in support of the development have also had time to organise their counter argument with more than 1,000 already signing an online petition urging them to green light the scheme as they believe the town centre development with its 700 new jobs hangs in the balance.

More than 800 people have also cast a vote in our online poll, to date, the vast majority in favour of the scheme.

Summing up the situation, council officer Peter Featherstone says in his recommendation:

It has been made clear beyond any doubt that the proposed cinema is an integral anchor to delivery of the wider “Town Centre” development and binds together the other retail, leisure and restaurant elements. Although it was previously anticipated that a smaller cinema would form part of the “Town Centre” scheme, subsequent changes in circumstances that could not be foreseen mean that there is now no other way of bringing forward a cinema other than in this larger format and without this revised part of the scheme the key anchor occupiers for the “Town Centre” will be lost and the whole development will simply collapse.

That development is expected to generate up to 700 new full time equivalent jobs in addition to those that would arise during the construction phase. The development would also bring a range of other economic and sustainability benefits, both in its own right and to the wider Richmondshire area. If the “Town Centre” development did not go ahead, then it would set strategic growth for Richmondshire back by at least 5 years. This is an important material consideration to which very significant weight should be attached in determining the current application.

Whilst there are difficult and potentially conflicting issues and material considerations that have to be carefully taken into account and weighed In the balance in determining this application, the overall balance lies clearly in favour of supporting this scheme which would assist in fulfilling relevant policies of the Development Plan and accord with the National Planning Policy Framework.

You can read the full agenda, complete with the objections and support the council has received, below and catch up on all the twists and turns in our section dedicated to the cinema plans here.

Petition FOR the Catterick cinema launched, cricket spam and more

On the Richmond Noticeboard
A counter petition has been launched in support of the seven screen cinema plans for Catterick Garrison.

Georgia Scott and Stuart Styles will be in Catterick near Tesco at 10am tomorrow (Friday) to help promote their petition for the cinema proposal.

They said: “We hope to gain as much support as possible! If you can’t make it down, you can sign online.”
Their petition is here .

Meanwhile, more than 800 people have already cast a vote in our ongoing poll.

The latest event to be posted onto our April events noticeboard is news of junior golf lessons starting soon.

On tomorrow – The Rotary Club’s wine and cheese tasting at the King’s Head.

Check out everything we know that’s happening in Richmond during March right here and please feel free to share any we don’t yet know about plus the noticeboard for April is also now open for you to share events for free too.

Other news

North Yorkshire Police Deputy Chief Constable, Tim Madgwick will host a live web chat next Tuesday specifically aimed at motorcyclists and biker safety. Sign up to it here.

Richmondshire Cricket Club is warning members about spam email being sent out which look as if it originates from them. On the website it says:

Some of you may have received unsolicited e-mails from Pitchero entitled ‘Richmondshire – calling all players and parents, order club kit online!.
Please ignore these e-mails as they do not originate from the cricket club, but from suppliers associated with Pitchero which hosts (for the time being) the club’s website.
We have two bona-fide web shops with Lorimer Sports in Bishop Auckland (our 1st XI Captain Gary Pratt’s company) and Tag Wear in Middlesbrough.

Businesses in town have voiced their frustration that the CCTV system is to be switched off despite a long-running fight to keep the cameras rolling, reports The Northern Echo.

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The Station rejects developer’s cash offer

The Station cinema has rejected a developer’s offer of compensation in an ongoing dispute over the creation of a new seven screen cinema in Catterick Garrison, according to Richmond Online.

In a report on its website today, ROL quotes Ian Hepworth, Deputy Chairman of The Station’s Board of Trustees explaining why they will not accept a £75,000 offer of support from Lingfield plc.

“Whilst the amount of money seems attractive, and we have a responsibility to look after the financial well-being of The Station, we cannot allow a donor to wield influence or offset their offer of a donation against a planning committee decision.”

Read the full RoL report here.

Meanwhile, voters here are continuing to express their views – almost 800 people have taken part in our poll to date with the vast majority showing in favour of the proposed development.

It is expected that the plans will return to the next council planning meeting on April 1 although no agenda has yet been published.

The second sitting of the planning committee is required because councillors were split over whether or not to approve the cinema. You can recap on the full debate here.

Special video report into the proposed 7 screen cinema for Catterick

Richmond councillors remain divided by an application from developers who want to build a seven-screen cinema instead of a previously approved five-screen theatre.

Developers said that the project cannot take place unless the council grants approval.

Those opposed argued that the scheme would take too much business away from The Station Cinema in Richmond, and theaters in surrounding towns.

Former Mayor, Councillor Stuart Parsons, voiced his opposition to the application, whilst several members of the council said that turning the proposal down would not be worth risking the potential 700 jobs made once the cinema is open.

This report and film was created by NCTJ Journalism student and Richmond resident Stewart Paterson.