Homes plan for cinema site

PUBLISHED: 09:58 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

The site of the Priory Cinema, Royston, which has been bought by a housing association.

The site of the Priory Cinema, Royston, which has been bought by a housing association.

SOCIAL housing is likely to be built on the site of the former Priory Cinema in Royston, after it was bought by North Hertfordshire Homes. The site, which is currently vacant, was bought by the housing association just before Christmas. A spokesman for No

SOCIAL housing is likely to be built on the site of the former Priory Cinema in Royston, after it was bought by North Hertfordshire Homes.

The site, which is currently vacant, was bought by the housing association just before Christmas.

A spokesman for North Hertfordshire Homes said that plans for the site were still very much in the early stages.

She said: "We haven't decided exactly what sort of development will be built there, but we have purchased the land and our first priority is to make it look a bit better.

"The area is becoming a bit of an eyesore at the moment, so we will hopefully be putting up some hoardings which will make it appear tidier."

Cllr Tony Hunter, district councillor for Meridian ward, said: "This is really positive news for Royston.

"We will hopefully be getting some social housing, which is desperately needed in the area, and it will clean up the cinema site.

"I'm sure it will be a development in keeping with the surrounding area.

"It is very much at the gateway to Royston, and it is sad to see it in its current state."

The Priory Cinema was demolished in 2002 after a long-running campaign to save it failed.

The site has remained vacant since then, although an Indian restaurant was open in adjacent buildings. This closed last year.

The housing association will now carry out consultation with residents and organisations to determine exactly what sort of building is needed in Royston.

The spokesman added: "We will need to talk to people from the area, and to the local council, and then take it from there. Ideally we would like to start consultation this spring.

"We are always trying to look forward and acquire more potential sites for affordable social housing, and this was an ideal opportunity to do this in Royston.

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