Work has started on the demolition of the former Mere Social Club in Seamer Road and the move could attract new business to the area.
In March councillors approved a plan which had asked that any new development could be used for retail – but not to sell food and drink.
The existing club building has been empty for some time and, since getting planning consent in December 2010, developers have marketed the proposal extensively but have been unable to secure a suitable tenant.
At the time of going to press no one from the developers, Crown Properties, was available for comment on the start of demolition work.
However company director Gary Ledden has previously said: “The extant planning consent for the retail development of the site does not include a condition preventing subdivision and we therefore propose to reformat the permitted ﬂoorspace to create two units of 5,000 square feet each.”
The site covers an area of 0.57 acres and it is bounded by Seamer Road (A64) to the west, Queen Margaret’s Road to the north, a railway line to the east and businessses to the south.
At the time of the most recent decision councillors welcopmed the plan and agreed that it was important that the site should be developed – because the A64 is an important approach into Scarborough.
Officers had recommended approval for shop use because it was felt it could reduce trips out of Scarborough to larger centres and could also make the town more attractive as a destination for combined shopping and leisure trips.
Developers had previously intended to transform the site into a restaurant – a move which could create 35 badly needed new jobs for the area.
Fast food giant McDonalds was said to be interested but the rumours were denied.