Odeon submits licensing application for new cinemas at West Central complex – despite bitter wrangle over site

VISION: A computer generated image of how the scheme would look

DEVELOP: Work starts on the Exeter Road site

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CINEMA giant Odeon has submitted a licensing application for a new multiplex cinema – despite the fact it may never be built.

Odeon has agreed to be the anchor tenant in the West Central development and has requested a licence for a proposed new multiplex cinema.

But the former bus station site at Exeter Road is at the centre of a bitter land wrangle between owners NCP and Bournemouth council, which could jeopardise the scheme.

NCP and partners Licet have planning permission and private sector funding for the £50m cinema and restaurant complex but Bournemouth council is trying to obtain a compulsory purchase order for the site so it can build a bus hub there.

Licet started provisional building work earlier this year to keep its planning permission alive and is seemingly unconcerned about the threat of a CPO.

Odeon has been looking to move out of its existing Westover Road location for some time and had previously agreed to move to the Pavilion Gardens scheme proposed by Trevor Osborne for Bath Road North.

But Odeon was courted heavily by Licet and last year switched allegiance and signed up to the West Central scheme – a move that effectively killed off the rival Pavilion Gardens development.

Odeon’s application was submitted on Tuesday, February 25 and seeks permission for films, live music, recorded music, dance performances and similar activities.

It is also seeking permission to supply late-night refreshment and alcohol.

An Odeon spokesperson said: “Odeon has proudly operated cinemas in Bournemouth for a number of decades and our priority remains on opening a new state of the art cinema with the developer who can deliver that possibility at the earliest opportunity.

“We have been in discussions on a number of potential new leisure developments but have no further comments to share at this time.”

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7:31am Fri 7 Mar 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

Time for some Swiss style direct democracy, let Bournemouth council tax payers decide whether we have a cinema or bus station via an e-petition!
Time for some Swiss style direct democracy, let Bournemouth council tax payers decide whether we have a cinema or bus station via an e-petition! The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 15

8:18am Fri 7 Mar 14

BIGTONE says...

Get the pressure on all those Council blokes.
Get the pressure on all those Council blokes. BIGTONE
  • Score: 8

9:33am Fri 7 Mar 14

The Seasider says...

Appalling scheme. Something far better deserves to be on this site. Prime spot, third rate design.
Appalling scheme. Something far better deserves to be on this site. Prime spot, third rate design. The Seasider
  • Score: 0

9:39am Fri 7 Mar 14

nothingtofear says...

If the CGI picture of the proposed West Central complex showed how it was expected to look during the day I could have just about swallowed it but given that it shows a projected night time view, where are the drunks staggering down the road, barfing all over the place, hassling people and generally making a nuisance of themselves?
If the CGI picture of the proposed West Central complex showed how it was expected to look during the day I could have just about swallowed it but given that it shows a projected night time view, where are the drunks staggering down the road, barfing all over the place, hassling people and generally making a nuisance of themselves? nothingtofear
  • Score: 6

9:46am Fri 7 Mar 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

Might be better to put the cinema at Castle Point?
Might be better to put the cinema at Castle Point? The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: -16

10:07am Fri 7 Mar 14

oldharryrocks! says...

have you ever been to castlepoint?
have you ever been to castlepoint? oldharryrocks!
  • Score: 8

10:14am Fri 7 Mar 14

BarrHumbug says...

Will they be offering free parking on the site? Thought not, i'll stick to Tower Park thank you.
Will they be offering free parking on the site? Thought not, i'll stick to Tower Park thank you. BarrHumbug
  • Score: 6

10:29am Fri 7 Mar 14

BmthNewshound says...

We'll see how serious the Council are about pursuing their compulsory purchase by the way they deal with this application. Even if they refuse Odeon could appeal and if they (Odeon) succeed it would blow the Councils CP out of the water.
We'll see how serious the Council are about pursuing their compulsory purchase by the way they deal with this application. Even if they refuse Odeon could appeal and if they (Odeon) succeed it would blow the Councils CP out of the water. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 4

11:41am Fri 7 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

The-Bleeding-Obvious wrote:
Time for some Swiss style direct democracy, let Bournemouth council tax payers decide whether we have a cinema or bus station via an e-petition!
A fascinating idea, particularly as the opinion that I am confident would be favoured by Bournemouth Tax payers in such an e-petition would doubtless reflect the one first held by the locals only hours after the Bus Station burnt down 38(!) flaming years ago and not changed since - REBUILD IT, right there!

But sadly the Council's latest sudden desire to acquire the site for a Bus Station might have lot more to do with scuppering the West Central scheme for some of their own dubious reasons, than anything to do with popularly providing somewhere for the buses and coaches.
[quote][p][bold]The-Bleeding-Obvious[/bold] wrote: Time for some Swiss style direct democracy, let Bournemouth council tax payers decide whether we have a cinema or bus station via an e-petition![/p][/quote]A fascinating idea, particularly as the opinion that I am confident would be favoured by Bournemouth Tax payers in such an e-petition would doubtless reflect the one first held by the locals only hours after the Bus Station burnt down 38(!) flaming years ago and not changed since - REBUILD IT, right there! But sadly the Council's latest sudden desire to acquire the site for a Bus Station might have lot more to do with scuppering the West Central scheme for some of their own dubious reasons, than anything to do with popularly providing somewhere for the buses and coaches. muscliffman
  • Score: 9

1:53pm Fri 7 Mar 14

rdemeath says...

This cinema, restaurant and communal centre would be a very welcome addition to this thriving part Bournemouth. As a close neighbour of the site, I foresee its construction adding another element in the social quarter of this wonderful town.
There is another site suitable for a bus hub just around the corner, and equally accessible to the public.
Richard de Meath
This cinema, restaurant and communal centre would be a very welcome addition to this thriving part Bournemouth. As a close neighbour of the site, I foresee its construction adding another element in the social quarter of this wonderful town. There is another site suitable for a bus hub just around the corner, and equally accessible to the public. Richard de Meath rdemeath
  • Score: 2

2:11pm Fri 7 Mar 14

clarease says...

rdemeath wrote:
This cinema, restaurant and communal centre would be a very welcome addition to this thriving part Bournemouth. As a close neighbour of the site, I foresee its construction adding another element in the social quarter of this wonderful town.
There is another site suitable for a bus hub just around the corner, and equally accessible to the public.
Richard de Meath
Agreed
[quote][p][bold]rdemeath[/bold] wrote: This cinema, restaurant and communal centre would be a very welcome addition to this thriving part Bournemouth. As a close neighbour of the site, I foresee its construction adding another element in the social quarter of this wonderful town. There is another site suitable for a bus hub just around the corner, and equally accessible to the public. Richard de Meath[/p][/quote]Agreed clarease
  • Score: 0

2:12pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Avengerboy says...

Theres always the wave machine in the sea at Boscombe .....
Theres always the wave machine in the sea at Boscombe ..... Avengerboy
  • Score: 1

4:23pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Cosmic Crusader says...

It will be interesting to see if Odeon will be providing an Imax screen like it does at its very successful Southampton multiplex.
It will be interesting to see if Odeon will be providing an Imax screen like it does at its very successful Southampton multiplex. Cosmic Crusader
  • Score: 3

6:37pm Fri 7 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

Cosmic Crusader wrote:
It will be interesting to see if Odeon will be providing an Imax screen like it does at its very successful Southampton multiplex.
Perhaps we should hope they don't include an Imax facility, it cost local taxpayers £10million to turn the last building with one of those into an empty hole in the ground!
[quote][p][bold]Cosmic Crusader[/bold] wrote: It will be interesting to see if Odeon will be providing an Imax screen like it does at its very successful Southampton multiplex.[/p][/quote]Perhaps we should hope they don't include an Imax facility, it cost local taxpayers £10million to turn the last building with one of those into an empty hole in the ground! muscliffman
  • Score: 2

6:43pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Cosmic Crusader says...

muscliffman wrote:
Cosmic Crusader wrote:
It will be interesting to see if Odeon will be providing an Imax screen like it does at its very successful Southampton multiplex.
Perhaps we should hope they don't include an Imax facility, it cost local taxpayers £10million to turn the last building with one of those into an empty hole in the ground!
That was a case of poor management together with an extremely bad choice of Imax supplier. It can work if managed and promoted correctly.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cosmic Crusader[/bold] wrote: It will be interesting to see if Odeon will be providing an Imax screen like it does at its very successful Southampton multiplex.[/p][/quote]Perhaps we should hope they don't include an Imax facility, it cost local taxpayers £10million to turn the last building with one of those into an empty hole in the ground![/p][/quote]That was a case of poor management together with an extremely bad choice of Imax supplier. It can work if managed and promoted correctly. Cosmic Crusader
  • Score: 3

8:30pm Fri 7 Mar 14

SimonJB says...

If Bournemouth Council get their way it will be more ratepayers money down the drain. But hey at least a few lucky council members will have a little extra cash to splash around from backhanders I'm guessing!!
If Bournemouth Council get their way it will be more ratepayers money down the drain. But hey at least a few lucky council members will have a little extra cash to splash around from backhanders I'm guessing!! SimonJB
  • Score: -1

9:02pm Fri 7 Mar 14

dayjon says...

This site has been empty and an eyesore for many years,why has the council just decided they want a bus hub when all other Towns are getting rid of theirs , so for goodness sake get on and build this complex , this site which by the way is a much bigger eyesore than the Imax ever was and I suspect a lot cheaper than building the Imax then deciding it was blocking a non existent view and demolishing it for what, a useless concrete hole when the building itself would have been ideal for indoor activities.
This site has been empty and an eyesore for many years,why has the council just decided they want a bus hub when all other Towns are getting rid of theirs , so for goodness sake get on and build this complex , this site which by the way is a much bigger eyesore than the Imax ever was and I suspect a lot cheaper than building the Imax then deciding it was blocking a non existent view and demolishing it for what, a useless concrete hole when the building itself would have been ideal for indoor activities. dayjon
  • Score: 4

10:54pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Just_Sayin' says...

Why do they want to build a bus hub here really? That is the question I would like to know the answer to. Who is going to want to hang around the square breathing in stinking diesel fumes? Maybe leave some there at night to get the drunks home? There is a huge number of eating places in Bournemouth already annoying the big PLC restaurant groups that don't have a prime location. Cinemas are great but a huge amount of chain restaurants is not needed at all. How about a crazy golf course with cinema?
Why do they want to build a bus hub here really? That is the question I would like to know the answer to. Who is going to want to hang around the square breathing in stinking diesel fumes? Maybe leave some there at night to get the drunks home? There is a huge number of eating places in Bournemouth already annoying the big PLC restaurant groups that don't have a prime location. Cinemas are great but a huge amount of chain restaurants is not needed at all. How about a crazy golf course with cinema? Just_Sayin'
  • Score: 1

9:07am Sat 8 Mar 14

old duffa says...

50 million,jobs,modern buildings,someone for families
please get on with it,lets get bournemouth updated
prehaps if bbc was doing a joint venture with morgan sindall there would be no questions asked
50 million,jobs,modern buildings,someone for families please get on with it,lets get bournemouth updated prehaps if bbc was doing a joint venture with morgan sindall there would be no questions asked old duffa
  • Score: 1

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