Developer reveals how Colchester Odeon redevelopment will "rejuvenate" Crouch Street

Essex County Standard: Developer reveals how Colchester Odeon redevelopment will "rejuvenate" Crouch Street Developer reveals how Colchester Odeon redevelopment will "rejuvenate" Crouch Street

THE man behind plans to rejuvenate Colchester’s old Odeon cinema has insisted his is the only viable scheme.

Ross Carroll, of developer Amdev 101, last week applied for planning permission to convert the building into three shops and seven apartments.

Although the former cinema would be partly demolished, the Thirties Art Deco facade, which dominates Crouch Street, would be preserved. If the go-ahead is given, work could start as soon as this autumn.

Mr Carroll is also working on a second phase to the £14million project – building a four-storey block of 36 apartments on land behind the cinema.

See Monday's Gazette for the full story.

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10:24am Mon 2 Jun 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Sounds like a reasonble plan.

Still, no doubt it will be rejected out-of-hand by the wonderful planning department at CBC.
Sounds like a reasonble plan. Still, no doubt it will be rejected out-of-hand by the wonderful planning department at CBC. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 34

10:32am Mon 2 Jun 14

bell103 says...

Not a lot better you can do really. Just hope there are some decent shops that come in that can really rejuvinate Crouch St a bit - ie: not another small time fashion clique clothes store, charity shop or takeaway joint. Get the big boys in.
Not a lot better you can do really. Just hope there are some decent shops that come in that can really rejuvinate Crouch St a bit - ie: not another small time fashion clique clothes store, charity shop or takeaway joint. Get the big boys in. bell103
  • Score: 18

10:36am Mon 2 Jun 14

ddrury says...

This looks good!
This looks good! ddrury
  • Score: 12

10:37am Mon 2 Jun 14

nikkicollier says...

I wouldn't mind living there!
I wouldn't mind living there! nikkicollier
  • Score: 9

10:42am Mon 2 Jun 14

romantic says...

Looks good. Crouch Street definitely needs this to happen. At the moment, the old Odeon must be decaying inside, home only to pigeons.
Looks good. Crouch Street definitely needs this to happen. At the moment, the old Odeon must be decaying inside, home only to pigeons. romantic
  • Score: 19

11:30am Mon 2 Jun 14

Ontheball says...

Great to see that the iconic facade will be retained. I agree, however, that the usually inept planning people will scupper anything to do with rejuvenating the town!!
Great to see that the iconic facade will be retained. I agree, however, that the usually inept planning people will scupper anything to do with rejuvenating the town!! Ontheball
  • Score: 16

11:39am Mon 2 Jun 14

Clairebear1980 says...

Who on earth would want to live there with Qube next to it and a bar across the road? It would never be quiet, this is Colchester remember!
Who on earth would want to live there with Qube next to it and a bar across the road? It would never be quiet, this is Colchester remember! Clairebear1980
  • Score: 4

12:00pm Mon 2 Jun 14

mattym1983 says...

Ohh great more apartments in the town center more people complaing about the noise of the once a year guyforks night or the once a year carnival and other events that are held intown where is the link for the pettition to turn it back to cinimar or theatre or even a nightclub to ease our current overcrowded 1s
Ohh great more apartments in the town center more people complaing about the noise of the once a year guyforks night or the once a year carnival and other events that are held intown where is the link for the pettition to turn it back to cinimar or theatre or even a nightclub to ease our current overcrowded 1s mattym1983
  • Score: -15

12:19pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Shrubendlad says...

Surely Sir Robert Russell will set up yet another Trust to stop this.
With GBH and Murder in his back yard week on week-these Anorak Trusts are a priority!
Surely Sir Robert Russell will set up yet another Trust to stop this. With GBH and Murder in his back yard week on week-these Anorak Trusts are a priority! Shrubendlad
  • Score: 11

12:57pm Mon 2 Jun 14

mike 96 says...

Great.So glad its not going to be another noisy night club or fast food outlet we've enough of those in Colchester. Sounds like it will enhance that part of town and am all for it.
Great.So glad its not going to be another noisy night club or fast food outlet we've enough of those in Colchester. Sounds like it will enhance that part of town and am all for it. mike 96
  • Score: 11

1:06pm Mon 2 Jun 14

seikothrill says...

Ross Carroll - good luck.

I can see one flaw in your plans, the Planning Dept of Colchester Council

You could purchase some brown rectangular shaped things and fill to assist your plans
Ross Carroll - good luck. I can see one flaw in your plans, the Planning Dept of Colchester Council You could purchase some brown rectangular shaped things and fill to assist your plans seikothrill
  • Score: 12

1:57pm Mon 2 Jun 14

suzywright says...

seikothrill wrote:
Ross Carroll - good luck.

I can see one flaw in your plans, the Planning Dept of Colchester Council

You could purchase some brown rectangular shaped things and fill to assist your plans
No need for the Little brown envelopes anymore. They just call it "Community and Open Space Facilities Contribution". £35k should do it. 40 flats in phase 2 - How much will be affordable? Maybe another Contribution will be required for phase 2!!
[quote][p][bold]seikothrill[/bold] wrote: Ross Carroll - good luck. I can see one flaw in your plans, the Planning Dept of Colchester Council You could purchase some brown rectangular shaped things and fill to assist your plans[/p][/quote]No need for the Little brown envelopes anymore. They just call it "Community and Open Space Facilities Contribution". £35k should do it. 40 flats in phase 2 - How much will be affordable? Maybe another Contribution will be required for phase 2!! suzywright
  • Score: 7

4:12pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
Surely Sir Robert Russell will set up yet another Trust to stop this.
With GBH and Murder in his back yard week on week-these Anorak Trusts are a priority!
Be fair to the rest of us Shruby,
Have you considered the consequences of King Bob and his lib dem gang not spending their time on wobbly projects? He might switch his meglamania to important stuff like pressure on the town fathers to do some joined up town development. The cinema project should keep Bob out of the way for another twenty years.
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: Surely Sir Robert Russell will set up yet another Trust to stop this. With GBH and Murder in his back yard week on week-these Anorak Trusts are a priority![/p][/quote]Be fair to the rest of us Shruby, Have you considered the consequences of King Bob and his lib dem gang not spending their time on wobbly projects? He might switch his meglamania to important stuff like pressure on the town fathers to do some joined up town development. The cinema project should keep Bob out of the way for another twenty years. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 5

5:26pm Mon 2 Jun 14

stevedawson says...

Can't see more small shops being viable and flats in area of the bars and night spots is also courting trouble.would have thought a casino type resturant and bars would fit in the area better.
Can't see more small shops being viable and flats in area of the bars and night spots is also courting trouble.would have thought a casino type resturant and bars would fit in the area better. stevedawson
  • Score: 0

5:29pm Mon 2 Jun 14

suzywright says...

Keeping the facade?! Surely, he's going to have to knock it down to get a crane/lorries/materi
als etc to build 4 floors of flats out the back!??
Keeping the facade?! Surely, he's going to have to knock it down to get a crane/lorries/materi als etc to build 4 floors of flats out the back!?? suzywright
  • Score: -1

6:03pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Rnbboy says...

It looks amazing from the outside, but I would have liked to have seen the interior retained...This is one of the last cinemas left albeit in a derelict state. The Playhouse has been restored, and the Odeon is bigger!

It would have been nice to see this used as a live events theatre like The Ipswich Regent, staging concerts, live stand ups, and shows. It would compliment The Arts Centre and The Mercury...There is nothing in mid to North Essex, with the nearest being Southend or indeed Ipswich.
It looks amazing from the outside, but I would have liked to have seen the interior retained...This is one of the last cinemas left albeit in a derelict state. The Playhouse has been restored, and the Odeon is bigger! It would have been nice to see this used as a live events theatre like The Ipswich Regent, staging concerts, live stand ups, and shows. It would compliment The Arts Centre and The Mercury...There is nothing in mid to North Essex, with the nearest being Southend or indeed Ipswich. Rnbboy
  • Score: 15

6:54pm Mon 2 Jun 14

wood1e2 says...

suzywright wrote:
seikothrill wrote:
Ross Carroll - good luck.

I can see one flaw in your plans, the Planning Dept of Colchester Council

You could purchase some brown rectangular shaped things and fill to assist your plans
No need for the Little brown envelopes anymore. They just call it "Community and Open Space Facilities Contribution". £35k should do it. 40 flats in phase 2 - How much will be affordable? Maybe another Contribution will be required for phase 2!!
All housing is affordable...just maybe not by us.

Remember developers do not build properties no one is going to buy!! Plus to create affordable housing they add the 'lack of profit' to the standard housing price..!!

Making standard housing less affordable.

Sounds like 'making the rich poorer to make poor richer'!!
[quote][p][bold]suzywright[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]seikothrill[/bold] wrote: Ross Carroll - good luck. I can see one flaw in your plans, the Planning Dept of Colchester Council You could purchase some brown rectangular shaped things and fill to assist your plans[/p][/quote]No need for the Little brown envelopes anymore. They just call it "Community and Open Space Facilities Contribution". £35k should do it. 40 flats in phase 2 - How much will be affordable? Maybe another Contribution will be required for phase 2!![/p][/quote]All housing is affordable...just maybe not by us. Remember developers do not build properties no one is going to buy!! Plus to create affordable housing they add the 'lack of profit' to the standard housing price..!! Making standard housing less affordable. Sounds like 'making the rich poorer to make poor richer'!! wood1e2
  • Score: -3

7:00pm Mon 2 Jun 14

wood1e2 says...

Before I saw the previous quote, I was going to say, that making Colchester have more residents, the better.

It will give a greater diversity to the current resident numbers, allow more people to think that opening a shop might be a good idea.

And rather than homogenised national chains, I think more local boutiques would be better.

Making Colchester more of the 'Market Town' it was and should only ever have been.

Forget trying to compete with Chelmsford and Ipswich, give North Essex/South Suffolk more reason to come to Colchester not less.

Still I live in hope but with 99% of councillors lobotomised prior to taking up their position we have little chance!!!

At least they can all say they followed the party line and pick up their OBE on the way out!! And with the high street still car friendly they can get to their free parking at the back of the town hall. And so can their children on a Saturday night!!

oh bugger starting to rant now..... :)
Before I saw the previous quote, I was going to say, that making Colchester have more residents, the better. It will give a greater diversity to the current resident numbers, allow more people to think that opening a shop might be a good idea. And rather than homogenised national chains, I think more local boutiques would be better. Making Colchester more of the 'Market Town' it was and should only ever have been. Forget trying to compete with Chelmsford and Ipswich, give North Essex/South Suffolk more reason to come to Colchester not less. Still I live in hope but with 99% of councillors lobotomised prior to taking up their position we have little chance!!! At least they can all say they followed the party line and pick up their OBE on the way out!! And with the high street still car friendly they can get to their free parking at the back of the town hall. And so can their children on a Saturday night!! oh bugger starting to rant now..... :) wood1e2
  • Score: 4

10:33am Tue 3 Jun 14

durden says...

This sounds like a terrible idea; they should sell to O2 and make it a live music venue to actually get some decent entertainment in Colchester. or just open another 99p store in prime location....
This sounds like a terrible idea; they should sell to O2 and make it a live music venue to actually get some decent entertainment in Colchester. or just open another 99p store in prime location.... durden
  • Score: 3

1:47pm Tue 3 Jun 14

super waluigi says...

I cannot see why this building would be made into shops and flats. Once that is done, it can't be undone. Maybe the art centre could use it? First site? Slack space? Perhaps rivals for the above?
Colchester needs a sugar daddy that makes things happen, not more devrlopers building retail and flats in an already crowded and lifeless town centre.
I cannot see why this building would be made into shops and flats. Once that is done, it can't be undone. Maybe the art centre could use it? First site? Slack space? Perhaps rivals for the above? Colchester needs a sugar daddy that makes things happen, not more devrlopers building retail and flats in an already crowded and lifeless town centre. super waluigi
  • Score: 2

8:32pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Plausible Deniability says...

wood1e2 wrote:
Before I saw the previous quote, I was going to say, that making Colchester have more residents, the better.

It will give a greater diversity to the current resident numbers, allow more people to think that opening a shop might be a good idea.

And rather than homogenised national chains, I think more local boutiques would be better.

Making Colchester more of the 'Market Town' it was and should only ever have been.

Forget trying to compete with Chelmsford and Ipswich, give North Essex/South Suffolk more reason to come to Colchester not less.

Still I live in hope but with 99% of councillors lobotomised prior to taking up their position we have little chance!!!

At least they can all say they followed the party line and pick up their OBE on the way out!! And with the high street still car friendly they can get to their free parking at the back of the town hall. And so can their children on a Saturday night!!

oh bugger starting to rant now..... :)
monies would be better spent on redeveloping the teflons at rowan house. that way developers might plans passed through without all the hassle. made me laugh years ago. i got building regs on an extension in an old Victorian house with some grant work on it. the twit came round to sign it off and pulled it up on three things one of them was a bit of pointing 1 inch thick by 6 inches long roughly about the six of his pen*s. the chap spent more time eyeing my wife up than getting on with the job, with that 50p smile and tweed jacket. i told him to f off* he said you would never sell the house because it would flag up on a council search. i said not for cash buyers it wont. guess what i got a cash buyer, so it was two winstons to his 6 inch pe*nis, i mean piece of pointing. this is why nothing gets done in this town, because they expect you to suck up to them and grease them a little. jumbo and this development wont see the light of day, well not unless you have stash of brown envelopes.
[quote][p][bold]wood1e2[/bold] wrote: Before I saw the previous quote, I was going to say, that making Colchester have more residents, the better. It will give a greater diversity to the current resident numbers, allow more people to think that opening a shop might be a good idea. And rather than homogenised national chains, I think more local boutiques would be better. Making Colchester more of the 'Market Town' it was and should only ever have been. Forget trying to compete with Chelmsford and Ipswich, give North Essex/South Suffolk more reason to come to Colchester not less. Still I live in hope but with 99% of councillors lobotomised prior to taking up their position we have little chance!!! At least they can all say they followed the party line and pick up their OBE on the way out!! And with the high street still car friendly they can get to their free parking at the back of the town hall. And so can their children on a Saturday night!! oh bugger starting to rant now..... :)[/p][/quote]monies would be better spent on redeveloping the teflons at rowan house. that way developers might plans passed through without all the hassle. made me laugh years ago. i got building regs on an extension in an old Victorian house with some grant work on it. the twit came round to sign it off and pulled it up on three things one of them was a bit of pointing 1 inch thick by 6 inches long roughly about the six of his pen*s. the chap spent more time eyeing my wife up than getting on with the job, with that 50p smile and tweed jacket. i told him to f off* he said you would never sell the house because it would flag up on a council search. i said not for cash buyers it wont. guess what i got a cash buyer, so it was two winstons to his 6 inch pe*nis, i mean piece of pointing. this is why nothing gets done in this town, because they expect you to suck up to them and grease them a little. jumbo and this development wont see the light of day, well not unless you have stash of brown envelopes. Plausible Deniability
  • Score: 0

12:06pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Bring it on I say. Good luck to those who can afford it. To those who cannot, welcome to the real world. Nobody owes you a living.
Bring it on I say. Good luck to those who can afford it. To those who cannot, welcome to the real world. Nobody owes you a living. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 2

10:06am Sat 7 Jun 14

Logo30 says...

Has this application now been withdrawn?

It seems to have been removed from the Council planning website.

False optimism that something was finally going to be done with this building?......
Has this application now been withdrawn? It seems to have been removed from the Council planning website. False optimism that something was finally going to be done with this building?...... Logo30
  • Score: 3

9:25am Sun 8 Jun 14

The Six Million Dollar Man* says...

Couple of shops and some penthouse apartments to be paid for on the backs of housing allowance claims, oh wow its monte carlo !
Hardly earth shaking.
I see the VAF is falling apart already:
£70 Million new development in St Botolphs wont last long before, its riddled in chewing gum, condoms and the stench of urine.
what happened to that water fountain in culver square funny to turn it into a pot plant. I would rather have the Trevi back.
Crouch street what a joke, go dig the pavements up again the cycle lane might be 1mm too short.
Couple of shops and some penthouse apartments to be paid for on the backs of housing allowance claims, oh wow its monte carlo ! Hardly earth shaking. I see the VAF is falling apart already: £70 Million new development in St Botolphs wont last long before, its riddled in chewing gum, condoms and the stench of urine. what happened to that water fountain in culver square funny to turn it into a pot plant. I would rather have the Trevi back. Crouch street what a joke, go dig the pavements up again the cycle lane might be 1mm too short. The Six Million Dollar Man*
  • Score: 0

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