Some questions and answers from the written document
made available at the Scrutiny meeting -
Q5. (REF GJM-1) I would like to know, in the form of a simple Gantt chart with key milestones identified, the programme plan for completion of the DTIZ as a project. Clarification: Start date to be the submission of the CPO.
Answer - A CPO inquiry date has now been proposed by the Planning Inspectorate. The outcome of that inquiry (and the legal process's that follow it) will define the date of acquisition of the outstanding land interests that will enable the comprehensive development to progress. As stated by John Laker in the local press, "it is anticipated that the scheme will open late spring/summer 2016," and we believe that this can still be achieved subject to a successful and speedy CPO process.
Q19 - Part 1 Why can't the DTIZ development be re programmed to phase in the Cinema (and it's supporting food outlets) ahead of the weak demand for retail units?
Answer - This is a comprehensive development proposal (there is evidence of positive retail take-up).
If my maths are right, from the info in the link at #27 the confirmed retail take-up is 28% of the available space (excluding cinema).