Leicester

Hinckley's £80m regeneration approved by government

Artist impression of The Crescent in Hinckley
Image caption The developers are due to complete work by 2014

An £80m regeneration project in a Leicestershire town centre has been given the go-ahead by the government.

The scheme to redevelop Hinckley's bus station has been in discussion over the past 12 years.

The government decision follows a public inquiry held last November and means the developer can now secure all the land on the site.

It is expected the scheme, which also includes a multiplex cinema and shops, will be completed by the end of 2014.

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council approved the revamp in December 2010 but was taken to a public inquiry following objections to compulsory purchase orders.

Stuart Bray, the leader of Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, said: "This is fantastic news for the town and means we shall soon start to see things happening.

"The exciting new shopping and commercial scheme will give the town centre a further boost, thanks to a superstore, cinema, fashion shops, family restaurants and a major new shoppers' car park alongside a redesigned bus station.

"We are now looking forward to working with the developer on the construction programme."

The Tin Hat Regeneration Partnership, which is the developer behind the scheme, said: "This is a crucial step in securing the delivery of this important project for the future of Hinckley.

"It will not only improve the retail provision in the town centre but provide much-needed new employment."

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