Leisure plans for the former That’s Entertainment store

PLANS have been drawn up to convert the former That’s Entertainment store in St Helens town center into a multi-purpose leisure venue.

Proposals have been sent to St Helens Council by applicant Dave Harold for permission to change use of the empty first floor commercial premises on Church Street.

Permission is requested for a change of use of the unit from a store to a multi-purpose location.

Future uses for the space could include a theater; nightclub; public house; wine bar or pub with expanded food offer; live music performance hall; movie theater; concert hall; bingo hall and dance hall, state of the plans.

The unit, part of the Church Square shopping center complex, has stood empty since That’s Entertainment closed in 2018.

A design and access statement in the plans, drafted by consultants Lawrenson Associates, states: “The large unit would remain physically unchanged inside and out, as this application is purely for change of use. .

“Internally, the large open-plan space is intended to accommodate a range of hospitality events by the applicant, but also with the option of renting the premises for public/private functions.”

He adds: “The large open space creates a unique and versatile unit in the heart of St Helens town centre.

“The applicant considers this unit to be excellent for a versatile, multi-use event venue.”

Inside the first floor space Photo: Lawrenson Associates (St Helens Council Planning Portal)

The statement concludes: “Currently, 8 Church Street is vacant and derelict, like many other retail businesses along Church Street.

“The candidate wants to occupy the unit which would create jobs, add a place to St Helens town center and have a positive impact on the local economy.”

The planning application is in ordinary consultation with the public until Thursday, April 21.

A deadline for determination has been set on the plans for May 11.

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