Decision time for multiplex in car park

Plans for cinema complex in North Street submitted by the Shaw family
Plans for cinema complex in North Street submitted by the Shaw family
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PLANS for a town centre multiplex cinema in North Street Car Park have been resubmitted ahead of a deadline where planning permission was due to expire.

Permission was originally granted in July 2008 and the new planning application has been submitted by St Thomas Street-based North Street Development.

Cabinet members from Scarborough Council met in January this year to approve a plan to release the site for development.

At the time councillors said that plans for development would be welcomed as long as developers promised to provide an equivalent number of town centre parking spaces to any which were lost under submitted proposals.

The current application seeks to extend the current time limit for planning permission for a mixed use development comprising of multiplex cinema, hotel, shops, restaurants, as well as off street car parking at the site.

Under the original plan there would be a multi-screen cinema – which included five cinemas which could seat a total of 600 people – as well as an 80-bedroom hotel, restaurants and shops on the North Street Car Park site.

At the time of January’s Cabinet decision to release the site for development a council report stated that extra car parking spaces should be created at no extra cost to the council.

It also recommended North Street Development – headed by Opera House Casino owners, Nikolas and Becky Shaw, Scarborough developer Ken Ferrie – should be allowed to submit a revised plan which addressed the parking issue.

Reasons given for the decision included the need to expand and develop the town centre and preserve the level of town centre parking.

The revised application was submitted earlier this month it is hoped that a decision will be made by the council’s Planning and Development Committee by the middle of September.

A public consultation relating to the plan, which would include neighbours and interested parties, is due to run until the middle of next month.