Saturday June 27th 2020
Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Noa Hoffman
Plans for a new ten-screen multiplex cinema development in Cameron Toll should be approved, Edinburgh City Council’s Chief Planning Officer has recommended.
The proposed cinema would be built as an extension to the existing Cameron Toll Shopping Centre and will include a separate restaurant, retail and GP practice.
The cinema would be operated by Empire Cinemas and built on what is currently the shopping centre’s car park.
If the development goes ahead there will be a loss of 128 parking spaces, however new racks for bicycles will be installed.
While the council’s Chief Planning Officer has officially recommended approving plans for the cinema, members of the Development Management Sub-Committee will have the final say, with a vote scheduled for Thursday next week.
When plans for the cinema were first revealed in December last year, Edinburgh residents responded with mixed views.
Debra Daykin posted on Facebook: “Absolutely awful idea… the traffic is gonna be horrendous and do they realise there is a kids school within that car park it is already a very busy car park and would only get a lot worse and certainly not safe,” wrote.
Many readers were concerned about car parking facilities in the area.
“Hope the parking is not being reduced! Need to sort traffic in this area,” wrote Alexa Munro.
“Presumably this will be built in the car park thus reducing the number of parking spaces. Which doesn’t sound ideal,” added Elaine Hutton.
Others appeared more enthusiastic about the plans, and Jane Wilson posted: “Fantastic for the area! Can’t wait!”
More than 200 comments on the proposed cinema have been submitted to the council’s planning portal, 196 of which are objections.
Claire Jefcoate, Cameron Toll Centre Manager, said: “We very much welcome the recommendation, coming on the back of a constructive period of consultation with our neighbours, key stakeholders and the council.
“At this time more than ever, neighbourhood centres like Cameron Toll require continued investment and a diversified offer. These proposals, if consented, will allow us to do just that and play a part in kickstarting Edinburgh’s economy following this period of uncertainty.”
Pending approval, the Cameron Toll development will be the second Empire cinema complex in Scotland, following their opening of the Empire Clydebank in Glasgow.
It will also be the first major multiplex development in the south of the city, with Vue at Ocean Terminal and the Omni Centre, with the Odeon cinemas at Fort Kinnaird and Wester Hailes the other major multiplexes in the city.Tweet Share on Facebook