New Cinema and Cafe Plan for Liphook's Anchor Garage

September 8th 2018

The Liphook Herald writes:

"PLANS to transform the empty Anchor Garage in Liphook’s Square into a 60-seater cinema have been submitted to East Hampshire District Council.

The former car showroom and workshop has been standing empty since October 2015, following sudden closure, after long-time owner Barry Haines sold the business 18 months earlier.

Plans also include two new town houses and the construction of a new frontage building to accommodate the cinema foyer as well as a restaurant.

The two-storey showroom includes two adjacent flats and a single-storey workshop building, combining a variety of architectural styles.

The site, which is located in the conservation area, has previously included industrial and residential uses.

There is currently no external lighting on the building, and proposals include a 1930s style canopy, which would have a minimal effect on first floor flats and the surrounding area.

The proposal “seeks to establish a new ‘hub’ through an entertainment complex, as it is described in the design statement, where the cinema and its foyer cafe will become the new meeting places and give the site a welcome ‘social activity.’

It aims to deliver “a vibrant mixed-use development, providing cinematic, commercial, social and residential facilities in high quality buildings”, the statement said."

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