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Telford Hark Apollo scheme to create up to 100 jobs

A multi-million pound scheme to revitalise a neglected part of Telford town centre with a new cinema, restaurants and shops, creating up to 100 jobs, has been approved. Hark Apollo, the owner of Telford shopping centre, was given outline planning permission for the scheme on land at Brodie House and Iceland food store in Central Square.

telfordGiulia Bunting, speaking on behalf of Hark Apollo at Telford & Wrekin Council's plans board meeting last night, said that the scheme would make great improvements to the town centre.

"We see it as a very important new investment for the town centre," she said.

"This area has been neglected over many years, but this is something that I think will be a fantastic improvement in the town centre."

The scheme includes a cinema, which is expected to be taken on by Odeon, which would relocate from its current location elsewhere in the town centre.

Ken Taylor, property director of Odeon Cinemas Ltd, said that the company intended to open a state of the art, fully digital, nine screen cinema, which would bring more people into that part of the town centre.

"The approval of this application is the first step to allow the trustees to bring forward this exciting development and substantial development," he said.

"The expanded and improved Odeon cinema will not only benefit those using the town centre but also result in about 99 new jobs for Telford."

Councillor Shirley Reynolds, a member of Telford & Wrekin Council's plans board, said: "We need more jobs and I think this is an excellent move for the town."

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