Park and ride site to north of town

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SCARBOROUGH needs more park and ride sites if it is to cash in on its growing popularity as a tourist destination it has been claimed.

David Walker, Scarborough Council’s head of forward planning, had earmarked three new sites for the area in a new council report – including one on the north side of Scarborough and two in Whitby.

His recommendations were in an update on the area’s Local Development Framework and Proposed amendments to the Local Development Scheme which were accepted by members of the council’s cabinet.

He said that land should be allocated now to safeguard sites for future park and ride schemes in order to create a “long-term vision” to increase transport along the east coast – where currently roads often suffer congestion.

The £2.5 million park and ride scheme in Whitby is yet to get under way to cope with the town’s increasing number of visitors.

Mr Walker’s report is a planning blueprint for the next 10 years and he also recommends a new bus terminal for Scarborough, with the possible relocation of Seamer railway station, which would provide a service to Scarborough Business Park.

The report also recommends extending non-retail use within Scarborough town centre – including leisure, entertainment, and community facilities – as well as a rejuvenation of the night time economy to extend the town centre.

Mr Walker said that there was a need for a “cultural quarter” to develop the arts within tourism.

The report also recommends granting special protection to areas of the town with hotels and holiday accommodation to protect from conversions.

He said: “The plan also needs to address the issue of potential retailing in the future.”

A study of retail options is currently being carried out and it has been recommended that Whitby should have a bigger and more attractive business park – which would lead to the creation of new jobs.

The draft area action plan has stated that the aim should be to “address the issue of potential retail provision in the future, seeking to strike an appropriate balance of the mix of uses within the business park”.

Mr Walker said a detailed plan was likely to be drawn up for the whole borough by the early summer which will then go out to public consultation.

The matter was discussed by members of the cabinet last week and members voted to accept the recommendations.