New coffee bar proposed for key site branded an ‘eyesore’

Derelict area next to Olympia Leisure.Picture Richard Ponter.120709e.
Derelict area next to Olympia Leisure.Picture Richard Ponter.120709e.

A derelict site in the heart of the seafront which has been branded an “eyesore” could be transformed if plans for a nautical-themed coffee bar are approved today.

Councillors are expected to back the development on the former Windmill site next to Olympia leisure, which will include a “ship-style” outside seating area.

The facility, which has been recommended for approval in a bid to enhance the area, will open from 8am to 10pm.

In previous years the 178 sq metre plot has housed temporary catering stalls, children’s attractions including a bungy trampoline and inflatable slide, and an ice-cream van.

More recently it has been used as a car park for staff at Olympia Leisure.

If the scheme is passed it will be good news for the Scarborough and District Civic Society which has been campaigning to get the site improved.

In a report which will be presented to councillors, Scarborough Council’s planning manager Jill Low said: “This site occupies a prominent location along Foreshore Road. It is a site that the council would like to see re-developed but a suitable developer has yet to be identified.

“In the meantime, it is considered that the works proposed to the site in this application would contribute positively to the holiday character of Foreshore Road.”

The kiosk will be built as a “powder coated aluminium framed structure” with a canopy shade and roller shutters for security. The walls surrounding the site will be painted white and a new fence will be erected on the wall next to the public footpath. Sail features are also proposed and the fence will be built “in a nautical ship style with a teak handrail and white powder coated steel frame and bars”, according to the report.

Ms Low added: “Due to the uncertain future of the site it is considered appropriate to limit the planning consent to a five-year period. This takes into account the immediate investment the applicant intends to make to the site to improve the general appearance of the area which is of benefit both to the amenity of the land and the wider conservation area.”