Historic cinema to be turned into shops, gym and student flats

Historic cinema to be turned into shops, gym and student flats

by Tom Martin (April 2021)

Plans have been approved to modify the former Regal Cinema building in Ormskirk into a retail unit, cafe, student accommodation and gym.

West Lancashire Borough Council met at a virtual Planning Committee meeting on Thursday, April 22 to discuss the proposal, which was given a green light by the decision-makers.

The Church Street building, which was recently occupied on the ground floor by Poundstretcher, was built in 1936 and opened as The Regal Cinema. The Regal closed in 1963, then became a bingo hall and a Tesco supermarket in 1965.

The present application includes proposals to part demolish and extend number 37 Church Street only (former Poundstretcher site) and build a part four five storey building comprising of a mixed use ground floor including retail unit along Church Street, a cafe/restaurant to the rear, private student gym and student accommodation, a further retail unit on the lower ground floor to the rear and three floors of student accommodation above.

In the development there are two units proposed. One of these would have a frontage at ground floor along Church Street and the second unit at lower ground floor creating a new frontage to the rear facing the car park. The cafe/restaurant would be situated at the rear of the ground floor.

The student accommodation would see 74 bedrooms over four floors.

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