‘The Sands’ on show

Scarborough Town Hall exhibits plans for further developments.Interested locals Gill and Tony Wilson view some of the ideas.114706a   Picture Richard Ponter.
Scarborough Town Hall exhibits plans for further developments.Interested locals Gill and Tony Wilson view some of the ideas.114706a Picture Richard Ponter.
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RESIDENTS have been given a glimpse into Scarborough’s future after plans for the town’s new year-round waterpark were put on public display.

People can view the plans and accompanying documents, including a full Environmental Impact Assessment, at an exhibition in the foyer of the Town Hall in St Nicholas Street.

Scarborough Town Hall exhibits plans for further developmentsat the Sands.Waterpark view.114706c   Picture Richard Ponter.

Scarborough Town Hall exhibits plans for further developmentsat the Sands.Waterpark view.114706c Picture Richard Ponter.

Planning officers will be in attendance at the exhibition tomorrow between 5pm and 7pm, if members of the public have any questions or wish to discuss the proposals.

The exhibition runs until Thursday December 1 between 8.30am and 5pm on weekdays.

Around 60 jobs are expected to be made available at the water park, 35 jobs for the holiday accommodation and 10 jobs at the family restaurant.

The water park will include an indoor wave pool, a children’s pool, a tornado water slide, an outdoor family pool, a lazy river and a spa.

It will be run by the German company Alpamare, which operates a number of attractions across Europe, and is scheduled to open in 2013.

Roland Duce, owner of developers Benchmark, said: “We now have an agreement for lease with a major waterpark operator and have submitted a detailed planning application for the whole of the development excluding the former Atlantis site. “We have also paid the council the costs of building the Open Air Theatre.

“All of this means the next stage of this very important scheme can move a major step closer. The waterpark is our next priority and we hope to begin work on site next year for a summer 2013 opening.”

The Mr Marvels site is set to feature the proposed Bayview Holiday Home village, while the Kinderland site will host 29 holiday lodges.

A further 492 car parking spaces will be made available on a grass overspill parking area in Burniston Road.

The plans are also be available to view online at http://planning.scarborough.gov.uk/online-applications/ using the planning application reference 11/01844/FL

The saga of the North Bay redevelopment has undergone countless twists since it began in November 1995, when Scarborough businessman Malcolm Stephenson first unveiled his vision for the Zenith project, an all-year-round family attraction in the area.

Benchmark became the new developer for the North Bay site in August 2001, having been overlooked initially by Scarborough Council in favour of Skipton-based Grayling Sports and Leisure.

In 2003 the council gave Benchmark the go-ahead in principle to build the scheme and the Zenith name was dropped.