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£20 million Freshney Place Riverhead development moves a step closer

Ambitious plans for a new £20 million leisure development in the centre of Grimsby - including a nine screen cinema and a host of big name restaurants - have taken another step forward.

£20 million Freshney Place Riverhead development moves a step closer

North East Lincolnshire Council has ruled that the Freshney Place Riverhead development, which would be situated in the former bus station in the town centre, will not have significant effects on the environment due to its nature, size or location.

This means the plans will not require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) - a screening which is sometimes used in the planning process to ensure the council is able to consider any likely significant effects a development would have on the environment.

Planning Works, a planning and development consultancy which applied for an EIA in relation to the Freshney Place development, argued that any impact would be limited to highways.

Cannon Consulting Engineers added that the development proposals - including the reconfigured access, proposed servicing arrangements, and the improved pedestrianised frontage along the Riverhead - "cannot be considered to be severe."

And in a letter written by Angela Blake, director of economy and growth at North East Lincolnshire Council, in response to Planning Works' EIA application, she said: " is the opinion of the local planning authority that the development is not an ‘EIA development’, as it is unlikely to have significant effects on the environment by virtue of factors such as its nature, size or location."

Developer BMO Real Estate Partners unveiled the exciting plans for a new nine-screen cinema and restaurant complex to shoppers in Freshney Place back in April this year.

“The response has been amazing,” development director Maurice Fitzgerald, who is responsible for delivering the scheme, said following the consultation.

“From the moment the public consultation opened, visitors from the town and the wider region were keen to learn the scheme content and programme, and also share their thoughts. The whole purpose of a public consultation is to make sure people have all the facts and to address any questions or concerns raised.

“The reaction from the public shows the value of such a process.”

Earlier this month, we asked Grimsby Telegraph readers which big name restaurants they would like to see occupy the new development.

The list covered everything from American-themed classics such as TGI Friday's and Frankie and Benny's - which went down well - Italian options like Pizza Express and Prezzo and newer names to the scene such the Handmade Burger Co and Wok and Go.

But it was Nando's which came out on top in our poll, taking 25 per cent of the vote.

BMO Real Estate Partners have said they will announce further details in due course.

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