BREAKING: Cinema plans get backing

North Bay cinema plan
North Bay cinema plan

Plans for a cinema on the former Atlantis site in Scarborough’s North Bay are to go back before the borough council’s planning committee next week.

Benchmark Leisure’s resubmitted the plans following refusal by the same committee earlier this year.

On Thursday next week the planning committee will once again meet to decide whether to grant permission for the development, which includes a seven-screen multiplex.

The council’s cabinet effectively cleared the way for the application when it refused to put the North Street Car Park site, widely regarded as the preferred cinema site, out to tender.

Planning officers have recommended that outline planning permission should be granted on Thursday.

However, when it was refused before May’s election councillors went against their officers advice on that occasion.

The plans were thrown out by a single vote when outgoing Tory John Flinton made blocking the cinema his final act as a councillor.

All the other votes in favour at the meeting were Conservative councillors.

The report, which will go before councillors next week, states: “The previous application, which was refused by the committee in April, was amended during its course, but the development now proposed is essentially the same as the earlier application at the time it was determined.

“Again, the application is entirely outline except means of access.

“The appearance and landscaping would be approved as part of a subsequent reserved matters application.”

A number of letters for and against the plans have been received by the council.

Scarborough’s Civic Society has submitted an objection to the cinema but states it backs the wider development of the Atlantis site.

In its objection it states: “The people of Scarborough do not want to be told by an out-of-town speculative developer what they need.

“I suspect the great majority would be delighted with a smaller operation in the centre of town with catering profits passing to local caterers rather than the likes of Frankie & Benny.

“Who are the mysterious alleged operators and who has decided that this scheme is the only one which will work in Scarborough?

“We respectfully request the Planning Committee to stick to its guns and refuse this blatant attempt to ride roughshod over the democratic process.”