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Odeon’s future to be made clearer
The results of Bradford Council’s structural survey on the former Odeon should be available next month, allowing the authority to make a final decision over whether it takes the 1930s building on by the end of March.
If the Council does accept the offer from current owner, the Homes and Communities Agency, then a possible timetable has been laid out, which would see a final decision on any viable proposal being made by this time next year.
The milestones have been laid out in an updated report on the future of the Odeon, which is to be discussed by members of the authority’s regeneration and economy committee next Thursday.
In the report, the strategic director of regeneration and culture Barra Mac Ruairi states: “Assuming that the transfer of the former Odeon building to Council ownership is agreed, a process has been drafted that would initially give all groups the chance of expressing an interest in the building.
“This would then lead through to a long and shortlisting process to agreement on a commercially-viable development. The aim is to ensure that the initial stage of the process is not too onerous or costly to preclude any organisation from submitting a proposal but that, through the long and shortlisting process, proposals will be critically analysed to ensure that the agreed project is viable and deliverable.”
Should the building be transferred into Council ownership then the timetable includes: launching of the expression of interest bids in April, with submissions due the following month; a longlist agreed by June, with the submission of longlisted proposals by August; a shortlist to be agreed by September, with the final submission of shortlisted proposals in November; and a final decision on a viable proposal by January 2014, with the next steps agreed.
The meeting takes place on Thursday, January 31, from 5.30pm at Dalton Mills, Keighley.