Plans for a new lifeboat station in Scarborough were given the green light on Thursday by Scarborough Borough Council.
The charity submitted the plans in March 2014 for a new boathouse to replace the existing building on Foreshore Road in the town.
A new lifeboat station is needed to house the state-of-the-art Shannon class lifeboat which is due to arrive in 2016. The newest member of the RNLI fleet, the Shannon class will replace Scarborough RNLI’s current all-weather Mersey class lifeboat, Fanny Victoria Wilkinson and Frank Stubbs, as she nears the end of her operational life.
Scarborough’s new lifeboat station has been designed by long-established York architects Brierley Groom, who have considerable experience on RNLI projects.
It will offer the necessary extra space required to store the larger Shannon class lifeboat and her bespoke Supacat launching vehicle, and will also upgrade the volunteer crew’s facilities with extra space for lifesaving training and a drying room for their kit.
It includes a purpose-built workshop and storage space, both necessary to support the Shannon class lifeboat. A space will also be created to enable the charity’s lifeguards to store their equipment for their summer safety patrols.
The new lifeboat station is expected to take around a year to build and work should start in autumn 2014.
Andrew Ashton, RNLI divisional operations manager, said: “We’re delighted that the plans have been approved today and this heralds an exciting new era in Scarborough RNLI’s rich and long lifesaving history.
“The new lifeboat station will not only improve the volunteer crew’s facilities but the extra space will mean that the Shannon class lifeboat and Supacat launching vehicle can remain coupled together, speeding up the launch process and making it safer.’
John Senior, Scarborough RNLI lifeboat operations manager, added: “While it will be a shame to say a fond farewell to our existing facilities, which have served us admirably over the decades, it’s time to look to the future.
“Visitors to the new station will benefit from a vastly improved viewing gallery from which to see the new lifeboat, a new shop and an exhibition space where those who visit can learn all about the history of our lifesaving charity.’