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Water Park Near Scarborough Applies to Open All Year

Water Park Near Scarborough Applies to Open All Year

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 1:25pm 27th February 2020.

An aqua park based on a lake near Scarborough is set to be granted permission to open all-year-round subject to a trial period.

In April 2019, The Dawnay Estates received planning consent from Scarborough Borough Council in April to expand the North Yorkshire Water Park, based on Wykeham Lake and add in wakeboarding lines.

As part of the approval, a condition was placed on the attraction that it should have a winter break between November 1 and March 31 and all inflatables linked to the water-based assault course were removed from the lake in order to protect birds.

The operators then applied to remove this condition and on Thursday next week (5th) Scarborough Council’s planning committee will be asked to approve a three-year trial of activities running throughout the year.

A report prepared for the councillors notes that impact on birds cannot be fully predicted but noted concerns were raised about the impact on birds during extreme cold weather.

It added that the applicants have agreed to suspend activities for 14 days if temperatures fall below 0 degrees centigrade on seven consecutive days.

The report concludes that planning permission should be granted, stating:

“The proposed expansion of the water-based recreational activity on the site is welcomed, making use of restored mineral workings. Nonetheless, this has had to be balanced carefully against other material planning considerations.

This particularly applies to the protection of bird populations, notably when they are at their most vulnerable in winter.

The conditions, as negotiated by your officers, provide a way forward which allows for the activities to be monitored and mitigated, before making a final decision on winter use of the activities most likely to disturb birds in three years’ time.”

The park opened in 2017, offering visitors two aquatic challenge tracks alongside pedalos and open water swimming.

Last year, it succeeded in getting the approval to grow the operation to include the creation of an “aqua park zone” which consists of inflatable equipment that will form an aquatic obstacle course.

The expansion also included the installation of two 240m long wakeboarding lines, the redesign of a toilet block, the building of a new reception building and the erection of a café on the site.

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