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New Plans for Scarborough Cinema

New Plans for Scarborough Cinema

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 9:34am 14th December 2018. (Updated at 9:53am 14th December 2018)

The long-running saga over plans for a multi-screen cinema in Scarborough’s North Bay has taken another twist as the design of the building has been changed once more.

Scarborough Council granted permission to Benchmark Leisure Limited to build the cinema, car park and restaurant development on the former Atlantis water park site at Peasholm Gap in 2015 but the scheme has been dogged by delays.

Originally scheduled to open in 2018 that was pushed back to first 2019, then 2020.

Now, a new set of plans has been submitted to the council which will drastically alter the scheme.

The most recent set of plans will keep the six cinema screens and five restaurant units, though the size of the eateries is reduced.

Added are a gym and sky bar. The number of proposed residential units as part of the development will now be 63, 30 more than in the first planning application.

However, the biggest change is to the proposed multi-storey car park which will lose nearly 200 spaces. Under the new plans, it will have just 109 spaces, with 31 of those for residents of the flats.

The planning document states:

“The majority of parking demand generated by the development will be met by utilising the capacity of existing public car parks in the vicinity of the site, which amount to approximately 900 parking spaces.

A Variable Message Sign (VMS) system will be used to direct visitors to nearby public car parks when the on-site car park is approaching capacity.”

The proposed Sky Bar is a new inclusion to the scheme, providing an upper level cafe/bar accompanied with roof terrace that provides views of the Bay.

The Sky Bar provides a new evening element to the development, that were not provided in previous proposals.”

The applicant’s report adds that without the increase in residential units the scheme would not be “financially viable”.

Councillors will decide on the plan in the new year.




There are 4 comments on this page.

zara, on 14th December 2018 10:33am
When is this farce going to end??? The Council need to show some backbone and say enough is enough. Of course they will not, after all the company have mentioned the words not 'financially viable', which comment is no surprise to anyone who has followed this saga. I could make a few more comments but don't fancy being sued. TIME TO SAY NO.
rickngayle, on 14th December 2018 11:33am
As time ticks on the price of materials is going up and up, the longer the council take to make their mind up the more residential properties will be included in the plans to cover costs to build the thing. I wonder what the difference in price for the building is from the original cost? Either get the plans passed and get it built or let someone else have a go.
JohnfromScarborough, on 14th December 2018 2:23pm
The Sky Bar is a good idea, but I cant help but feel that the views of the bay will be a bit awkward to achieve as the building appears to face onto Peasholm Park rather than the castle. Also, it is difficult to see much demand for it in the winter months -which operator will want to run such a large space on a year round basis?
Peteknight, on 15th December 2018 7:11pm
Its quite amazing to me that just a week after we have presentations and consultations to encourage ideas on regenerating the town centre and then followed by disturbing news on a 23% fall in footfall numbers in the town centre that the council is even considering this application for an out of town development. All of these business / amenity proposals could be accommodated in the town centre without ruining this prime South facing site that is crying out for an outdoor type of attraction.

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