Green light for £12m town centre leisure scheme in Haverfordwest
Fairacre Property has been granted planning permission for a landmark town centre development in Haverfordwest, Wales, to be designed by Holder Mathias Architects.
The planning application, originally submitted in November 2016, received unanimous council support and will result in the delivery of four restaurants/shops at ground floor level with a five-screen cinema at first floor level, covering 1,400 sq m of leisure floor space. In support of the application, Fairacre has also secured commitment from national cinema operator, REEL Cinemas.
Holder Mathias’s design intent is to create a new leisure offer that fully engages with the River Cleddau, and the proposals include widening and improving the existing riverside walkway, creation of new restaurant units with spaces for external terrace seating, as well as improved public realm.
Terry Morley, Partner at Holder Mathias, commented: ‘In introducing this new leisure offer into the heart of the town centre, we are looking to improve the vibrancy and attractiveness of Haverfordwest as a destination through the day and evening for locals and tourists alike. Our goal to design a modern high-quality leisure destination that will function as a focus for the town centre.”
Jeannie Pritchard of Fairacre commented: “The redevelopment of this town centre site will provide widespread opportunity for existing retailers and traders in Haverfordwest. Our aim here is to attract more visitors to the town during the day and to also boost the night-time economy. The commitment from REEL is very positive and we are looking forward to progressing with this scheme.”
Construction work is expected to begin late 2017.