Holiday homes at old Marvels

Marvels rollercoaster and paratrooper
Marvels rollercoaster and paratrooper

NEW life could be given to two of Scarborough’s historic attractions which have been lying derelict for years.

A planning application has been submitted for the next stage of the North Bay’s Sands development.

The plans see the redevelopment of the former much loved Kinderland and Mr Marvels sites.

Both will be home to holiday accommodation, with the Mr Marvels site set to feature the proposed Bayview Holiday Home village, while the Kinderland site will host 29 holiday lodges.

The planning application, submitted by developers Benchmark, also requests permission to build a “state of the art, year round” water park and a family restaurant.

The water park will include an indoor wave pool, a children’s pool, a tornado water slide, an outdoor family pool, a lazy river, and a pool and spa.

Malcolm Stephenson, who owned Mr Marvels theme park until it closed in the early 1990s, said: “It is great to see things moving.

“The downside is it has taken so long to get this far.”

He added: “I think when you look at the whole picture, including the water park, it will be a very good development. Let’s hope they get on with it now.”

The consultation period for the application ends on September 2, after which the plans are set to go before Scarborough Council’s planning committee.

Work on the water park, which has been on the agenda as part of the Sands development since it was first proposed in 2002, could begin next June – with a completion date of November 2013.

The application states the Mr Marvels site will feature 124 holiday homes, all with “high quality design”. Of the 124, 30 will be apartments alongside 94 town houses.

These latest plans form the second phase of the multi million pound Sands Development.

The first phase, including waterfront apartments and the Open Air Theatre, was completed by developers Benchmark.

Benchmark originally became involved in the redevelopment of the North Bay in 2001 and the scheme became known as “The Sands” project in 2004.

However the scheme ran into trouble as the global economic downturn began to take hold and in 2008 plans to build 40 holiday homes and a small hotel on the former Kinderland site came to a halt.

Benchmark was then bought out in June last year by Roland Duce, who presentation of their new masterplan for the North Bay site to councillors in March.

They voted unanimously to extend its existing development agreement, which was due to expire in June.