£42m leisure complex to replace bus station

Artist impression The proposals include a 12-screen cinema, 13 restaurants and 400 car park spaces

Plans to redevelop Plymouth's Bretonside bus station into £42m leisure complex have been announced.

The proposals include a 12-screen cinema, 13 restaurants and 400 car park spaces on the site.

A multimillion-pound coach hub is also planned for the Mayflower West End car park which is earmarked for demolition.

British Land, the owners of Drake Circus, is the company behind the project and claim it could create 350 jobs and 260 construction jobs.

Councillor Mark Lowry, cabinet member for finance at Plymouth City Council, said: "For a long time we have recognised that Bretonside has long passed its sell-by date.

"We also want to keep shoppers coming into the West End. These schemes have the potential to address both of these."

The proposal includes a venture between the council and Plymouth University to transform Taylor Maxwell House, which currently houses a shop on the ground level and empty offices above, with facilities for fledgling businesses in a central location.

Professor Julian Beer, from the university, said: "The new innovation centre will offer a pathway into the city's economy and marketplace for talented graduates and young entrepreneurs."

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