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PROPERTY Planning gaffe sees cinema being torn down

An £8m cinema and leisure complex being constructed in St Neots will be pulled down because it is less than one metre out of place. Te new Cineworld will be

Te club is looking to leave Abbey Stadium

Cambridge United’s stadium plans given a blow

Cambridge United Football Club has been leſt “flabbergasted”, aſter its application to build a new stadium was rejected by the local authorities. Both South Cambridgeshire District

Council and Cambridge City Council planners have recommended that all nine proposed sites for a sporting village, be ruled out. Original plans would have seen a new indoor sports hall, hockey pitches and five-a-side football pitches built as well as the 8,000-capacity ground for United, who finished 14th in the Blue Square Premier division this season. Both authorities said that they felt there

was no evidence that a facility such as that was needed. During the non-league club’s previous season, Cambridge saw a high- est attendance of 3,304 people, while their average attendance was 2,236. Teir current home - R Costings Abbey - has a capacity of 10,847 (4,948 seated). “It’s a setback because a lot of work has

gone into this,” said United chair Dave Doggett. Details:

303 room Flaxby hotel development confirmed

A £100m (US$151.3m, €117.7m) develop- ment in Yorkshire is set to be built on the existing Flaxby Park Golf Course and will feature a 27-hole course and a 303 room hotel. York-based property firm, Skelwith Leisure, will begin work on the new site at the end of May, which will also feature a floodlit driving range, conference cen- tre, four helipads, three restaurants, and an 18,000sq ſt (1,672sq m) spa, gym and pool facility. Te hotel will be the largest luxury hotel resort in northern England. Global management company, Troon

Golf, which has been involved in the devel- opment for the past three years, will be looking to increase the number of events held at the resort once construction work is complete. Details:


torn down and rebuilt aſter a design error leſt the complex too close to existing houses. “We have taken the unprec-

edented step of halting the existing work and have parts to rebuilt to assuage any concerns that adjoining land- owners may have,” Said Chris Goldsmith of site developer Turnstone Estates. Te building was due to open in September but opening will now be delayed by four months until January 2014. “Although we are only talking about a few

centimetres we believe that this is the best solu- tion for all concerned.”

Te cinema (seen at the back) will have to be rebuilt due to the error Te 32,000 sq ſt (9,753 sq m) Rowley Arts

Centre will include an 18,600sq ſt (5,669 sq m) six-screen Cineworld cinema and four restaurants with Frankie & Benny’s, Pizza Express and Prezzo already confirmed. Details:

iCITY secures last Olympic Park deal

London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced that the future of all eight perma- nent venues at the Olympic Park have been secured fol- lowing the deal made with iCITY for use of the Press and Broadcast Centres. iCITY will invest more then £100m into the Press and Broadcast Centres to make it an attrac- tive and vibrant location for creative and digital companies to locate. “With the future of eight

out of eight permanent ven- ues secure, London has well and truly delivered on what is a hugely important part of the Olympic legacy story,” said Johnson. Te park is set to deliver against its key objectives, which were set out as part of the legacy plans when the UK originally bid for the London 2012 Olympic games. Confirmed tenants include BT Sport,

iCITY will invest more than £100m in developing the property

Loughborough University, Infinity, Greenwich Leisure Limited, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, Triathlon Homes and from Summer 2016 West Ham United Football Club will become long-term tenants of the Olympic Stadium. Details:

Coventry hunting for new home after ACL

Coventry City Football Club have begun searching for a new home aſter attempts to negotiate with the owners of their current ground have failed. Arena Coventry Ltd (ACL), which manages the Ricoh Arena on behalf of the Alan Edward

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Higgs Charity and Coventry City Council, are owed unpaid rent of more than £1m by the League One club which was deducted 10 points aſter entering administration last month. Coventry moved to the 32,000-seater Ricoh Arena in 2005. Details:

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