COUNCILLORS have granted retrospective planning permission for a metal-clad building at a North Bay tourist attraction.
David Hooper, the managing director of the Military Adventure Park, had applied for planning permission but built the structure before Easter at his own risk.
It had been recommended that permission be granted for the 2012 summer season only – the site is currently held on a short-term lease with Scarborough Council and developer Benchmark hoping to find a more permanent use for the area in the long term.
The decision was taken by members of Scarborough Council’s Planning Committee and Cllr Martin Smith said he was disappointed that the application was retrospective and they should have seen it earlier.
Cllr Michael Jay-Hanmer said that it was a very short season. He said: “It’s got a very short time to make any money out of this and I hope he manages to get something out of this.”
He added that the military park was ideally placed when the goose shooting season got underway because it lay directly under their regular flight path.
It is housed on the site of the former Atlantis water park and in his application Mr Hooper said he hoped the new steel structure would significantly improve the look of the park – which has been criticised as an eyesore by some Scarborough residents.
The building is positioned to the rear of the entrance into the site and within the boundary walls.
It allows access to other activities within the site – including mini tank driving, laser combat and open paintball ranges – and provides a dedicated café area to accommodate tables and chairs for customers.