Consent granted for leisure extension at Frenchgate Doncaster
The Frenchgate Limited Partnership has received planning consent for a multiplex cinema at its Frenchgate shopping centre in Doncaster and is currently in discussions with two well-known cinema brands. Occupying 15,000 sq ft and comprising up to eight screens, depending on configuration, the cinema will be complemented by a further proposed development of three new F&B operators totalling in excess of 6,000 sq ft. The cinema space will occupy the remaining part of the former BHS on North Mall, which is also home to a 30,000-sq ft Flip Out trampoline park.
Work on the £8m project will begin later this year, ahead of a spring 2020 opening. The planning permission is part of an ongoing investment strategy by the centre’s owners, The Frenchgate Limited Partnership.
The cinema and supporting food offer will be directly accessed from the mall of the existing busy centre, which has an annual footfall of 16 million. The new offer will join a strong line-up of retail and leisure brands, with Flip Out, Lovisa and one of the first Taco Bells in the UK all opening at Frenchgate in the last 12 months. In addition, Dunkin’ Donuts and Ramsden’s will open in the coming weeks, and Greggs is due to upsize on ‘Eat Street’ at Frenchgate, which has fast become Doncaster’s number one grab-and-go destination.
Time Retail and Rawstron Johnson act for Frenchgate. The planning consent was secured by Pegasus Group.