Old River Lane Timeline

A summary of the key milestones and decisions relating to the Old River Lane (ORL) project.

September 2023

  • Cityheart withdraw their planning application. 

July 2017

  • Town Centre Planning Framework agreed at Council, setting out a long term vision for the town centre, including the ORL site. 

December 2017

  • Council approve land use for ORL to be a mixed development, including significant new arts centre comprising 500 seat theatre, 3-4 cinema screens, a one stop-shop for council services, cafe/bar, housing and retail. Need for new parking provision also identified.
  • Council approve delivery models for ORL site: main site will be developed through a contract with a third party. The council will retain ownership of the arts centre part of the scheme with the developer building it to the council’s specification.
  • Arts Centre Steering Group set up

December 2019

February 2019 

  • Executive approve appointment of Cityheart as developer following procurement process.

March 2019

  • Council agree budget for ORL, including capital allocation for build of the arts centre and on-going revenue subsidy.

January 2020

  • Contract awarded for building of Northgate End car park and residential/commercial block.

March 2021

July 2022

  • Northgate End car park opens.

November 2022

December 2023

  • Cityheart submit outline planning application for ORL site.

February 2023

  • Cityheart planning application validated and open for comments.

June 2023

  • ORL Delivery Board decides to reconsult with residents on the arts centre offer whilst still continuing with the rest of the scheme through Cityheart.