Owners of Huddersfield’s Kingsgate centre have dropped the “drum” from plans for a multi-million pound extension to the complex.

WD Huddersfield is seeking approval for a £14.4m scheme to provide a multi-screen cinema, restaurants and leisure facilities linking to the existing shopping mall.

The company says the scheme could generate hundreds of jobs and bring millions of pounds of revenue into the town centre.

Revised plans submitted to Kirklees Council call for a narrower, canopied entrance to the proposed new development at Cross Church Street instead of the previously proposed drum-shaped entrance – which would have replicated the entrance to the shopping centre at the corner of King Street and Cross Church Street.

The change comes in response to concerns about the impact on existing sight lines along Cross Church Street and its historic buildings. It means substantial parts of the three-storey grade two listed buildings at 20-22 Cross Church Street – which it was previously planned to demolish – will now be substantially retained.

The proposals for Kingsgate Leisure include a nine-screen cinema, new restaurant units at street and first floor levels, a basement leisure unit and new servicing for deliveries to premises fronting Cross Church Street.

The new plans also call for a 20,000sq ft extension of an existing Kingsgate shop unit, currently occupied by fashion retailer Next which will extend the scheme behind Cross Church Street in the direction of Oldgate House .

A report supporting the application says the scheme is expected to generate 520 jobs – including construction jobs during the building of the scheme and others in the supply chain. Kingsgate Leisure expects to bring 271 jobs on-site when the development is completed and fully let.

The report says the development could generate £15.8m a year to the West Yorkshire economy, including £7.7m in Kirklees. It says the scheme will increase the town’s catchment area for shopping and leisure by 100,000 people and boost visitor spending by £11.6m a year.

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It said: “The proposed development will contribute significantly towards the creation of much needed jobs in both Huddersfield and its wider catchment. In addition to providing jobs during construction and operation, the scheme will boost productivity, generate additional business rates revenue, increase visitor expenditure and indirectly create economic benefits which are associated with investment in the public realm.”

WD Huddersfield withdrew its previous proposals for Kingsgate Leisure last month following a number of consultations.

Managing director Peter Everest said: “During the course of the consultations, we had no comments that were negative, but a number of groups made comment about the impact on Cross Church Street. As a result, we have amended the design of the proposal on Cross Church Street so that the entrance has a narrower frontage.”

Mr Everest said he hoped that concerns had now been met and the scheme could progress. He said: “There is a huge economic benefit to the town. The town does need trade to keep it relevant and to keep up with everywhere else.”

Kirklees councillors are expected to make a decision in the next few months.