Yeesh.. Do people not understand the planning system?Conditions can't really be used in this way, they have to be "reasonable". How can a town planning office dictate if a proposed business is viable or not?If the developer company (with a cinema partner) want to change the building to accommodate a gym or more flats - it would be subject to listed building consent anyway. So the Council (and the wider population through the consultation period) would have another whole planning application to consider at that point.Just because this site is leisure class doesn't mean they can use it however they want.
The excellent point made by WLPH is that it's very easy for a company to turn around in a year or two and say "oh, this cinema business is unviable after all, we'd better turn all of the building into flats." It's happened elsewhere and it's likely to happen here.WLPH's business (and restoration) plans were clearly thought through and could have worked brilliantly. A real shame it's come to this.