PLANS for a new block of retirement flats on the site of the former Cricketers Arms in North Marine Road are to be unveiled at a public exhibition.
Specialist developers McCarthy & Stone are proposing to replace the 1960s-built pub, which has been vacant since 2008, with around 36 private flats in a “re-creation” of the original terrace.
The site was originally part of a continuous terrace housing the Queens Hotel, which was damaged during the war. It was subsequently demolished in the 1950s to make way for the pub.
The new development would be five-and-a-half storeys and its design is intended to reflect the majority of other properties along the terrace, most of them guest houses or flat conversions.
A spokesman for the developers said: “McCarthy and Stone have been developing these proposals for some time and we believe they will offer a substantial improvement on the closed pub currently on the site. The proposals aim to deliver brand new retirement living apartments for local residents and we look forward to showing our plans at the forthcoming public exhibition.”
The apartments would be a mixture of one and two-bedroom properties specifically designed for older people, with communal facilities including a residents’ lounge with kitchen, a day manager and 24-hour care-line, a charging room for mobility scooters and landscaped communal gardens.
According to a newsletter delivered to local residents: “McCarthy & Stone’s proposals would offer a real opportunity to bring the land back into productive use, re-creating the original terrace and reflecting what was there before.
“We believe Scarborough is an area where there is local demand for such accommodation. These sort of apartments are generally occupied by residents with an average age of 78, looking to relieve the burden of looking after a larger home, and in search of companionship and security.”
The home-builders, who are one of the country’s biggest retirement home developers, are holding the exhibition to get public feedback before they submit their proposals for planning permission. The company prides itself on not using “standard” style developments and has won a number of awards, including 11 Daily Mail Green Leaf Housing Awards for environmentally friendly design and integration into the surrounding landscape.
Although conveniently situated for non-drivers, there would be a number of parking spaces, including separate visitors’ and disabled spaces at the Queens Parade side of the site. However, the main entrance would be on North Marine Road.
The public exhibition will be at The Clifton Hotel in Queens Parade, North Bay, from 4.30pm until 7.30pm on Wednesday, March 30. Members of the development team will be available to discuss the scheme and answer any questions.