Plans for second Errol Flynn Filmhouse screen in Northampton set for approval

The Errol Flynn Filmhouse
The Errol Flynn Filmhouse

Plans for a second screen at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse in Northampton have been recommended for approval by council planning officers.

The Royal & Derngate has unveiled a proposal to add a new screen, with a capacity of 88 seats, due to the popularity of the first cinema, which opened in June 2013.

The plans also include a proposal for a new raised terrace between the two screens, providing an enhanced outdoor seating area for customers to enjoy pre-screening refreshments.

The project is likely to cost around £650,000, which is expected to be funded through grants, sponsorship, financing arrangements and donations from customers.

A report due to be discussed at a planning committee meeting next Tuesday, states: “By virtue of its siting within the open space, the proposed development would neither preserve nor enhance the character and appearance of the conservation area and would lead to some impact on the setting of the adjacent listed buildings.

“However, on balance the impacts are considered to be less than substantial. The aesthetic qualities of the design are of a high standard and would be in keeping with the existing cinema and an element of open space and landscaping would remain.”

Should the planning application be approved, work is expected to start later this year, with the new screen opening in time for summer 2016.