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Residents 'Not Being Listened To' Over Scarborough Premier Inn

Residents 'Not Being Listened To' Over Scarborough Premier Inn

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:10am 28th June 2018. (Updated at 8:12am 28th June 2018)

A local resident believes that Benchmark Leisure have not listened to objections to the proposed new Premier Inn in the North Bay. 

On Monday, we told you the developers hoped to have the hotel open by next summer. Planning application was submitted for the site in April and a decision is due next week. 

The proposal would see the 105 bedroom accommodation located between the Alpamare Water Park and the Tunny Catch Pub. 

Plans have been amended from the original idea, which had the Premier Inn actually being a story higher, but it's had to be reduced. 

Kevin Lavender lives on the North Bay and helped set up a recent meeting opposed to the potential development. 

He said:

"I've spoken to hundreds of residents and guest house owners as well as the local hospitality association regarding the amended planning application and many of them are saying that Benchmark just have not listened to the people who have objected so far.

One floor less doesn't actually make a great deal of difference if you look at the size of the footprint.

It's still going to be two-and-a-half times the size of the Tunny Catch and way above the tree line. 

The actual scale of it is way too large for the area. It's completely out of character with the North bay, the building just doesn't fit in. 

We've seen that 'glamping' has already been refused on the site. We're not saying don't build on the site, we're just saying what they've got here is not right for the North Bay. 

People come to the North Bay to actually visit Peasholm Park and the local areas, this just does not fit in with it."

Listen to what Kevin had to say here:

Scarborough and Whitby MP Robert Goodwill believes the town will "relish" having a second Premier Inn and that current guest house owners "have nothing to fear."


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