Re­vamp on the cards as plans for cin­ema and bar are dis­cussed

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THE grand re­vamp to Re­gent Ar­cade, could be given the green-light this week.

A five-screen bou­tique cin­ema, rooftop bar, new restau­rants and a re­fresh­ing new look for Re­gent Street could be on its way to the spa town if coun­cil­lors ap­prove the multi-mil­lion pound plans on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 18.

The cin­ema is one of new uses in­tended for the huge va­cant space in the Re­gent Ar­cade that was home to BH be­fore its col­lapse in 2016.

The site is at one end of the ar­cade, be­tween its Or­mond Place en­trance stretch­ing down to the south­ern end of Re­gent Street.

The ar­cade has sub­mit­ted de­tailed plans to re­de­velop the former BHS space into a 55,000 sqft mixed use de­vel­op­ment cen­tred around the cin­ema and four restau­rants.

If ap­proved, the £3mil­lion scheme will open up the south­ern end of Re­gent Street to com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity, creat­ing a new cen­tral cafe quar­ter.

Re­vised plans drawn up by Bell As­so­ci­ates Ar­chi­tects show sleek new frontage of the side en­trance of the Re­gent Ar­cade and re-paving of the street.

A re­fur­bished en­trance to the Re­gent Ar­cade in be­ing con­sid­ered in the ap­pli­ca­tion with a new pas­sen­ger lift.

Of­fi­cers have not given a rec­om­men­da­tion to coun­cil­lors ahead of next week’s meet­ing.

Coun­cil­lors on Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 18, from 6pm.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of how Re­gent Ar­cade could look after the makeover

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