PLANNING PERMISSION: Lane 7 bowling alley and go-kart track
Lane 7 has applied for planning permission at the former TJ Hughes store, Image: Google Maps
Lane 7 has applied for planning permission for a bowling alley and go-kart track in the former TJ Hughes building at Captain Cook Square.
This is part of a £9m regeneration of Captain Cook Square, which Middlesbrough Council acquired for £8m earlier this year, to make it into a leisure hub in the centre of town.
According to the planning application, there will be 14 ten-pin bowling lanes alongside other games areas.
Plans show that next to the bowling alley, there will be a bar, ping-pong tables, pool tables, a shuffleboard or beer pong area, and darts or shooting pods.
Upstairs, there will be an arcade zone and the go-kart track will snake around a mini-golf course, a bar, and a seating area.
The new leisure complex is set to bring 40 jobs to Middlesbrough with a range of full-time and part-time posts.
It has previously submitted a licensing application to seek permission from the council to stay open until 2am every night.
Lane 7 currently has a site on Albert Road where there is a bowling alley, American pool, retro arcades, and ping pong.
The ’boutique bowling’ firm has also a site in Newcastle, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Liverpool, Bristol, Manchester, and Edinburgh.
New ventures in Glasgow, Dublin, Nottingham, Belfast, Cardiff, and York are coming soon.
Previously, Mayor Andy Preston has committed to transforming Captain Cook Square into the ‘biggest regional leisure hub’.
Other proposals put forward for the area, to go alongside the bowling alley, include a ’boutique cinema’ and a brewery.
Words: Emily Craigie, Local Democracy Reporter
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