Whiteladies Picture House: Judicial review bid withdrawn

Whiteladies Picture House
Image caption Whiteladies Picture House has remained unused since it closed in November 2001

Plans to reopen a disused cinema in Bristol can go ahead after a campaign against the redevelopment withdrew an application for a judicial review.

The council had approved plans to reopen the Grade II-listed Whiteladies Picture House, including five new flats in part of the building.

Campaigner David Fells said on Facebook he could "no longer fund" the review so this was "the end of our journey".

The council said it was "pleased" that it "can progress without uncertainty".

'Back to life'

Proposals for the building's development, owned by David Lewin, will also see a three-screen cinema run by the Everyman group.

Mr Lewin said: "We are pleased to be able to get on with the job we've been asked to do, which is bringing this cinema back to life as early as this year."

The Bristol City Council spokeswoman said: "The council is confident that the approved scheme will ensure the restoration of this listed building and provide a functioning cinema in Clifton."

In his Facebook post, Mr Fells also thanked people who had supported the Whiteladies Picture House campaign, which included a petition with 1,000 signatures.

The former cinema is within a conservation area in Clifton and has been on the English Heritage at-risk register since 2003.

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