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£18m leisure & retail complex planned for Burnley

Maple Grove Developments has submitted plans to develop the £18m 28,500 sq ft Pioneer Place leisure and retail complex in Burnley, Lancashire, which will create over 300 jobs.

Pioneer Place will be anchored by the eight-screen Reel Cinema which will relocate from its existing site on Manchester Road.

In addition to the cinema, the Curzon Street scheme will include restaurants, bars, shops, a public plaza, and a 125-space car park.

Nik Puttnam, senior development manager at Maple Grove Developments, said, “This planning application marks another significant milestone in the project and the ongoing regeneration of Burnley town centre.

“With the development agreement signed and Reel Cinema committed to the scheme, we are now in a position to move forward with planning and marketing the site. The aim is to start construction on the Curzon Street site in late 2020 with the cinema being open for business in early Summer 2022.”

Leader of Burnley Council Cllr Charlie Briggs added, “Pioneer Place is an important and exciting development for the town. More than eight million people visited Burnley town centre in 2018, and this scheme will be a further invaluable addition to the town’s overall offer.”

The 28,500 sq ft scheme is being funded by Burnley Borough Council with support from Lancashire County Council.