Striking images reveal ambitious plans to create bowling alley, restaurant and flats in town center

A developer has revealed striking images of a plan to create a bowling alley, restaurant and 28 new homes as part of the ongoing effort to breathe life back into the center of a Leicestershire town.

The proposals, put forward by Gylo, the owners of Coalville’s Belvoir Shopping Centre, would focus on transforming land off the nearby Belvoir Road by building a new leisure complex. Seen as part of wider efforts to help regenerate the town, the proposals include a bowling alley.

However, the proposals would see a partial demolition of the existing Emporium nightclub to help make way for the development, which includes the creation of 28 studio apartments. Gylo, which has submitted the plans alongside Holland Park Leisure, would, if given planning permission, reconfigure the existing nightclub, demolishing part of its rear to create space for the complex.

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This complex would include Coalville’s first-ever bowling alley, something planners believe would offer a “new form of leisure” within the town. Meanwhile, a mini-golf course would also be created, the applicants said.

“Currently, the closest bowling alley operator is the Hollywood Bowl in Leicester, which is approximately 13 miles and over 23 minutes’ drive from the application site. Similarly, there are no indoor miniature golf operators in Coalville, with the nearest such facilities being located in Leicester city centre,” Gylo said in its planning documents.

A restaurant, complete with an outdoor rooftop terrace looking out on to an area that’s undergone major change in recent times since Gylo took over ownership of the Belvoir Shopping Centre, would also feature as part of the scheme. Last year, part of the center was demolished as part of wider efforts to transform the area.

These latest efforts from Gylo will also see 28 new studio apartments created next to where the proposed leisure complex would stand. Planners say this is “currently underutilised open space”.

Set to be separated by a communal garden, the four-storey block would also include car parking and cycle parking. Gylo believes the development is necessary to “reflect current local demand” and helps meet the region’s aims of “boosting the supply of homes”.

The plans, which were submitted to North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) last month, reveal that access to this new area would be created through the partial demolition of the former Co-operative Store on Belvoir Road which has been vacant for several years. Nine parking spaces for shoppers would also be created on this new access route.

Planners say the scheme would make use of the ‘currently underutilised open space’

Planners believe the project will help with job creation in the town, while overall they believe it will add significant benefits to Coalville’s ongoing regeneration efforts.

“The application proposal will deliver a range of benefits for the residents of Coalville and the surrounding areas. These benefits include the provision of additional leisure (including food and drink) facilities to serve the users of Coalville town center and to enhance local consumer choice, the introduction of 28 new residential studio apartments and the creation of new jobs and staff training/development opportunities , they said.

Gylo’s major plans will be decided by NWLDC at a later date.



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