Scarborough Set For Cinema War?
7:34pm 5th April 2017
(Updated 7:37pm 5th April 2017)
Two Multi screen Cinemas to be approved.
It's unlikely that both could be viable.
Restaurant chains may hold the key to which goes forwards.
It's being recommended that planning permission should be granted for two different multi-screen cinema developments in Scarborough.
Next week the borough council's planning committee will be discussing the plans for a cinema on the former Atlantis site and for a development on Newborough.
Council officers are recommending that both plans are approved.
Outline planning permission for the development of a Cinema, commercial units, flats and a multistory car park on the former Atlantis site has already been granted and work did get underway but has been delayed by problems with underground electrical cables. Next Thursday's planning meeting will look at some specific elements of the proposal, mainly concerning building heights.
The application for a cinema on Newborough would involve the partial demolition of the existing building on the site of the current Argos building. It would involve the removal of the existing structure above the ground floor level. A new 'box' structure would then be built above to form a six screen cinema, which would be similar in height and bulk to the existing building. The current shop units at ground floor level would be refurbished and converted to restaurant units, with one restaurant unit being placed over two floors.
Although both proposals are recommended for approval there is a suggestion in the planning committee report that it would be unlikely for both schemes to be fully implemented.
The report states..
"The cinema schemes on both sites are recommended for approval, but the likely outcome is that that only one of the cinema schemes would be taken forward in Scarborough. This would probably be dependent upon which development secures restaurant tenants to enable the developer to commit to the investment necessary to fund the scheme. Ultimately the market will dictate this."
The report for planners also makes it clear that the application for the Newborough development shoudl have no effect on the permissions already granted for the Atlantis site.
"it is important to note that the redevelopment of the Atlantis site as a cinema, restaurants, apartments, car park etc. has a valid planning permission in the form of outline and reserved matters consents. Subject to compliance with conditions, this could be implemented. The only valid material considerations for the two applications for the Atlantis site on this agenda are those arising from the proposed amendments. Consequently, it would be inappropriate to reassess the principle of the development which has been established. The fact that there is also an application is on this agenda for a town centre cinema at Newborough should not influence the decision on either of this or the reserved matters application for the Atlantis site"
The Newborough development would include a ground floor entrance on the corner of Queen Street and Newborough with a glazed atrium accommodating a lift and staircase to a first floor cinema foyer area where tickets and refreshments would be purchased. The cinema auditoria would then be accessed by a concourse running along the Newborough frontage at first floor level, which would be lit by projecting windows. The proposed six screen cinema would provide seating and wheelchair spaces for some 834 customers, with auditoriums having seating capacities ranging from 120 (Screen 1) to 184 (Screen 5). There would also be five restaurant units at ground floor level.
BACKGROUND : Atlantis Cinema Plans Approved
VIDEO : Cinema Work Begins