Planning permission has been secured for a multi-screen cinema, restaurants and car parking in Ashington town centre.

The multi-million pound scheme has taken a major step forward with Advance Northumberland securing planning permission for its flagship scheme on Portland Park. 

The planning consent includes a multi-screen cinema, restaurants and car parking, with outline planning permission also granted for up to 12,000 sq ft of additional retail space and more parking. 

A further phase of the Portland Park scheme comprising 20,000 sq ft of new retail space and car parking is anticipated to be submitted in the next few months. 

Last year Advance Northumberland exchanged contracts with Reel Cinema to operate the leisure facility and secured a land sale to a national retailer for the development of 20,000 sq ft retail unit on the site. 

Work could start as early as Spring 2020, subject to all planning and contractual conditions being satisfied. 

For more information visit Northumberland County Council at