A CINEMA will no longer be part of the plans for the enhancements to the Chineham District Centre.

That’s according to the developers, Tellon Capital, who have been holding a consultation on their plans since June 2018.

Only 27% of respondents said they wanted to see a cinema, compared to 75% who wanted restaurants, 71% who were in favour of keeping a post office and 69% who wished to have further retail units.

“I am personally a little bit disappointed that it will not be there,” said Councillor Elaine Still, who represents the Chineham ward on Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council.

She says she was looking forward to having a cinema close.

“We have to go all the way over to the West side of the town.”

However, she told the Gazette that the redevelopment of the District Centre was “going to be an absolutely amazing development”.

“My main concern is that there will be a Post Office.

“It does need refreshing and I think there will be a lot of benefit from it.”

The most recent version of the proposal have a bigger public heart space with restaurants and a reduction in the eastern terrace.

There will be new shops, restaurants, healthcare and office facility, as well as a gym and improve pedestrian and cycle access.

A statement by a Tellon Capital spokesperson revealed that they are “actively seeking a new home for the post office at the centre”.

They continued: “A hotel will still be included within the amended plans as it makes a substantial contribution towards the viability of the scheme, whilst our market research indicates there is a strong demand for additional hotel accommodation within Basingstoke.”

Those with queries about the proposals are encouraged to contact the Consultation team on 0800 298 7040 or chinehamconsultation@telloncapital.com.