Potteries Shopping Centre applies for alcohol licence
A MULTI-MILLION pound extension to a city centre shopping centre could include a late night alcohol and music licence.
The owners of The Potteries Shopping Centre in Hanley have applied for licences for its new cinema and restaurant expansion.
In documents seen by The Sentinel, the Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc (CSC) has applied to screen films and recorded music as well as serve alcohol and late night refreshments.
If approved, the licences would be granted as part of the £15 million extension, which is sheduled to be completed by 2015.
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The eight-screen multiplex cinema, six restaurants and a new leisure attraction is expected to create 180 jobs.
Councillor Paul Breeze, chairman of the Hanley One Residents' Association, said: "I think it is very positive to see them pushing on with these plans and apply for the licences. It will push open a dismal gateway into the city and provide another facility and entertainment for the people of Stoke-on-Trent."
The application follows a series of reported difficulties related to the expansion.
The Sentinel revealed how Stoke-on-Trent City Council refused to sell land in Brewery Street and Bryan Street for the initial redevelopment plans – leading to them being scaled back.
One restaurant was made smaller and another dropped altogether.
It also emerged that the shopping centre was battling to sign up the Vue cinema chain along with the developers of City Sentral.
However, CSC chief executive Mike Butterworth denied that there had been complications. "We have got our own planning consent to extend and so we are concentrating on doing our own thing," he said.
"We know that there is a demand for it and for the cinema to open.
"People want this, and it will complement the Potteries Shopping Centre."
The group has applied to play films and recorded music from 10am to 2.30am, to serve alcohol from 10am to midnight, and to provide late night refreshments from 11pm to 2.30am.
Mr Butterworth said the preferred cinema chain has not yet been decided and is still 'with the lawyers'.
He added: "I think it is a really good plan because it is certain and not just up in the air."