Decision on second Trowbridge cinema complex deferred

A decision on plans for a second cinema complex in a Wiltshire town has been deferred for six weeks.

Plans for the eight-screen cinema, on the old Bowyers site in Trowbridge, had been recommended for refusal.

But the council's planning committee put off the decision so new terms and conditions could be drawn up with a view to it being approved.

In February, a seven-screen cinema and leisure development was approved for nearby St Stephen's Place.

A Wiltshire Council spokesman said: "A decision was deferred for six weeks so officers can present any conditions and heads of terms for any legal agreement for the committee to consider before they make a decision."

The latest plans for the Bowyers site include an eight-screen cinema, Morrisons supermarket and restaurants, a 10-minute walk from the already approved development.

Prorsus, the company behind the latest proposals, said it would create 400 jobs and bring £6m extra a year in spin-off spending to the town centre.

But planners urged councillors to refuse them, saying two similar developments were not sustainable.

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