Fairacre Property has been granted planning permission for a landmark town centre development in Haverfordwest, Wales.
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 5-screen cinema at first floor level, comprising 1,400sqm of leisure floorspace. In support of the application Fairacre had secured the commitment to the scheme of national cinema operator, REEL Cinemas.
In addition to the significant improvement in local amenity for the broader community, the proposals also include the improvement of public space in the town centre, with plans including the widening of the riverside walkway, with additional seating, as well as landscaping and a covered bicycle storage area.
Work is expected to begin late 2018.
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.”
Chris Morgan-Giles of REEL comments: “We are committed to delivering a town centre leisure development with Fairacre. Haverfordwest is an attractive location for a new cinema and restaurant complex which will complement the existing offer, reduce leakage of leisure spend to other towns and help to create a vibrant evening economy for residents and visitors.”
Lucy Turner of Montagu Evans commented: "Bringing forward a new leisure destination will help create a much stronger evening economy around one of Haverfordwest’s key town centre sites. Our planning team worked closely with Fairacre and the Council to guide the development through planning. In addition, our Heritage team provided advice in respect to the Welsh Government’s concerns over the scheme’s impact on the historic Haverfordwest Castle, and the Council’s requirement to ensure the design of the proposal remained sympathetic to the historic townscape."
EJ Hales and McMullen Wilson are appointed as letting agents for Fairacre.