PLANS for a town centre cinema and restaurants in Haverfordwest have received a huge boost.

The planning committee meets on Tuesday at County Hall and the ambitious plan for part of the Wilko site in Haverfordwest town centre is recommended for approval.

The plan is being put forward by the Longacre Retail Partnership.

The application - at Old Bridge - is to demolish and reconfigure the existing Wilko store and create a leisure development comprising five screen cinema, four retail/ food and drink units and outdoor seating areas.

The restaurants and cinema entrance will be on the ground floor of the two-storey building with the main cinema above.

The cinema would have a capacity of about 500 seats but there would be the loss of 59 car parking spaces from the Perrots Road car park.

The report states that the 'underused' multi-storey car park nearby could take extra capacity.

The proposal also includes widening the riverside walkway, public space with seating, new surfacing and landscaping and covered cycle storage area.

The report acknowledges that the site is on an area of flood risk but that no additional properties will be at risk of flooding as a result of the development.

It states that having regarded the total merits of the scheme, the proposal is "considered to not result in unacceptable harm to health and safety."

The report states that the development would meet several elements of the Wales Spatial Plan and specifically its aims for Haverfordwest in terms of town centre renewal and attracting more visitors.

The Planning Committee meets at County Hall on Tuesday at 10am.