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Flamingo Land Plans In Scarborough Will Need Assessing

Flamingo Land Plans In Scarborough Will Need Assessing

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 12:23pm 1st February 2019.

Flamingo Land will need to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment before it can build its long-awaited coastal attraction in Scarborough, the borough council has confirmed.

The Ryedale-based theme park and zoo wants to build a new attraction with a rollercoaster and cliffhanger tower on the site of the former Futurist Theatre in the town’s Foreshore Road.

The theatre was demolished last year at a cost of more than £4 million to Scarborough Council and recent works to make the land secure by contractor Willmott Dixon have caused controversy.

A piling method used by the company has been cited by nearby residents as the reason for cracks appearing in and outside their homes. The company has agreed to remedy any damage caused by its work, but denies it is responsible for the cracks.

Now, Flamingo Land’s architects have submitted a screening opinion request to Scarborough Council, showing the outlines of how any future development could look.

The plans show a four-storey building on Foreshore Road with space for attractions, education facilities, restaurants and children’s play areas.

Another building adjacent to the main area will house a “winter garden” and will also feature a viewing area.

To the rear of the main building, accessed from the roof, is the rollercoaster with the cliffhanger tower, which will stand 60 metres tall, also at the rear.

The plans involve developing part of St Nicholas Gardens as well as the Futurist site.

In his response to the screening opinion, which can be requested by an applicant before it submits the full planning application, the council’s planning services manager David Walker concludes that due to the scale of the development an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) must be carried out.

In his letter to AAH Planning Consultants, who are acting on Flamingo Land’s behalf, he writes:

“The proposed development, notably external rides and uses, would result in noise in close proximity to sensitive receptors, including residential property.”

He adds:

“The site is in a location of known ground instability with measures
currently being implemented to minimise the likelihood of such accidents. Nonetheless, reassessment will be required to take account of the proposed development.”

Mr Walker also notes concerns over how the look of the development will impact on Scarborough’s seafront and its proximity to listed buildings, including the Grand Hotel.

He adds that another reason for requiring the EIA to be carried out is the projected number of visitors that the company is hoping to attract.

Estimates in the screening option put a figure of annual visitors at approximately 490,000 which would, in Mr Walker’s opinion, have a knock-on effect on transport infrastructure including the A64 and town centre parking.

Flamingo Land will now need to submit the EIA as part of the full planning application.

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There are 3 comments on this page.

Peteknight, on 1st February 2019 6:42pm
Sorry but is this an early Aprils Fool joke article? Winter gardens maybe but oversized funfair type attractions surely have no place in the middle of the South Bay. Have we learnt nothing from the ugly Olympia development? Scarborough is blessed with two unique and stunning bays which people travel to admire. Most of the buildings in the South Bay are in scale with each other and their surroundings and this offering clearly is not. If we need a funfair in Scarborough then maybe the North and South bay developments should be swapped around.
We could have old town style Cottage type appartments nestling into the Southbay hillside with cafes, bars etc in small streets. The ever shrinking cinema could surely be housed in the town if we actually need one at all as more people stream films at home. The Flamingo land development would fit better at the North Bay Pool site with far better parking and access.
In my opinion this development would ruin the South Bay and whoever signs it off should hang their heads in shame if they leave this legacy to future generations.
Diddy dave, on 2nd February 2019 10:20am
it will happen been on the cards since before start of demolition they dont spend 4 million for nothing this has happened behind closed doors and some people have made a lot of money out of it how can you trust councillors was told at start not done for flamingl land but obviously they have what a way to ruin a site that could be a lot more useful to others
Paul Lester, on 3rd February 2019 8:54am
Unfortunately this isn't an April Fools joke, but it certainly is a joke and needs a more robust campaign to stop it if plans are passed. This area is surrounded by hotels, holiday flats and private residence, how can they pass plans to put a funfair outside their front doors.
As for the damage caused by the pilling, even a bigger joke as the cracks shown have weeds growing out of them, paint within the cracks and another crack that looks as though it was made a century ago. If you are going to object to something, at least do it for the right reasons and stop trying to pull the wool.

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