Plans to close Salisbury Arcade

The Salisbury arcade is under threat of closure as plans to close in the arcade have been made.  Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 113902d

The Salisbury arcade is under threat of closure as plans to close in the arcade have been made. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 113902d

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PLANS have been submitted to eradicate Scarborough town centre’s Salisbury Arcade

A number of objectors have already opposed the scheme stating it will result in the loss of a “heritage asset”.

The Salisbury arcade is under threat of closure as plans to close in the arcade have been made.  Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 113902a'26/09/11

The Salisbury arcade is under threat of closure as plans to close in the arcade have been made. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 113902a'26/09/11

The planning application has been submitted to Scarborough Council, outlining proposals to convert the arcade between Huntriss Row and Bar Street in to shops.

The plans see the existing shops on either side of the arcade enlarged.

The two shops on each side in Huntriss Row, currently men’s wear stores Mainline and Dapper, will become one unit, while Dottie Lottie and Stage Struck in Bar Street will both be made bigger.

It will also result in the loss of one shop entirely in Huntriss Row - Rafferty’s which sell jewellery and gifts.

The arcade was built as part of the Salisbury Hotel in around 1877.

The plans have been submitted by developers who have already been given planning permission to develop the former hotel, which lies above the arcade, in to student accommodation.

Objections have been voiced against the loss of the arcade by the Scarborough Civic Society.

In a letter to the council the society states: “The arcade is an interesting feature of the town centre. For residents it provides a link and a short cut between Huntriss Row to Bar Street. For visitors it is an interesting passage from a pedestrian shopping area to another. Scarborough could use more of these interlinking pedestrian shopping areas.”

The plans have also been opposed by the council’s conservation officer Chris Hall, who is against the loss of the arches in either treet, and loss of one shop to form an entrance to the proposed flats.

A date is yet to be set for the council’s planning committee to discuss the application.