Next stage of development revealed for North Bay

David Bloxam, of Benchmark Leisure, at the site of the proposed sea-view glamping  plot
David Bloxam, of Benchmark Leisure, at the site of the proposed sea-view glamping plot

The next phase of redevelopment at Scarborough’s North Bay is set to be a luxury camping site to lure new visitors.

Work is ongoing to transform the north side of the town following the arrival of Alpamare waterpark and building work is to begin “imminently” on a multiplex cinema, due to open in the autumn next year.

An aerial plan of the proposed glamping site on land adjacent to Alpamare waterpark.

An aerial plan of the proposed glamping site on land adjacent to Alpamare waterpark.

Owner Benchmark Leisure has now revealed to The Scarborough News that a planning application has been submitted to create nine glamping plots with a sea view on land adjacent to Alpamare.

David Bloxam, property and project manager for Benchmark Leisure, said: “I think it will bring a fresh, new type of holidaymaker and people who like something different. I think it will sit alongside the existing accommodation in Scarborough and will encourage more people to come to the area.”

Developers believe the plans are in line with the bigger picture for Scarborough’s North Bay with investigation work beginning on the former Kinderland site infrastructure to create artisan accommodation made up of log cabins and glamping.

Mr Bloxam said: “It just fits in with all our other plans to create a North Bay holiday resort with mixed leisure uses and different types of accommodation.

“Also these go hand in hand with the existing attractions such as the Open Air Theatre and the miniature railway. Everything we do we try to make a fantastic attraction for Scarborough.”

Residents had voiced their concerns about the condition of the land, which has been surrounded by a temporary metal fencing for the past 12 months, and the effect this would have on wildlife, expressing clarity was needed.

David Platt said: “The temporary fence is an eyesore and has been up for well over a year now.

“The land originally had a small children’s playground which locals used. It is now left in a poor condition without any access.

“Furthermore, I think it prevents animals such as deer from travelling across from behind the Open Air Theatre area and on towards the land bordering the North Bay.”

Now Benchmark Leisure has put their queries to bed with glamping plans which Mr Bloxam said have taken time to materialise.

He said: “Camping and glamping sounds a very simple thing to achieve when in fact it requires quite a lot of work.

“We took time with each element including the ecological side, speaking with tent manufacturers while drainage and sewage systems come into play too.

“The land has now become a wildlife haven, which ties in with our plans for the area of a glamping scheme.

“It is keeping people and dogs off the land which is important and we now know there is a deer and a badger run at the bottom of the railway line.”

The application will now be considered by Scarborough Borough Council’s planning committee before being given the green light with a time frame for opening

currently unknown.

Mr Bloxam said: “We’re confident it will be approved.

“We had a pre-planning meeting and there weren’t any concerns highlighted to us.

“It’s a low impact development and the tents can be taken down so it’s not the same as permanent structures.

“We at Benchmark are really exited about these developments and we hope it adds something to the town.”