Another delay?

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8/7/09 News'GV of the Sands'092851g

KEY decisions about the Sands development are due to be made at a meeting at Scarborough’s Town Hall this afternoon.

The project will see the redevelopment of the former Kinderland and Mr Marvels sites in North Bay, which will both become accommodation.

Developer Benchmark hopes to build a much-anticipated “state of the art, year-round” water park and a family restaurant as part of the scheme.

A report by the council’s strategic director David Archer is recommending that a detailed planning application for the waterpark, due to be in by this Thursday, should be put back to November 7.

However, he states that an initial application should still be made by the Thursday – which is referred to in the report as the “milestone date”.

He also recommends that arrangements for payment towards the Open Air Theatre construction costs should be changed.

The council has already received 10 per cent of the costs – £327,000 – from developer Benchmark.

The remaining 90 per cent of the costs – £2.943 million – was due to be paid by Thursday.

But because £2.743 million is tied up in the commercial units at the Sands, Benchmark have asked if they can defer paying some of the cash until September 8 2012.

Mr Archer is therefore recommending that £3.07 million should be paid no later than November 7 2011, and the balance of £200,000 should be paid in a year’s time.

He is also suggesting that the date for submission of the signed agreement with proposed waterpark operators Alpamare should be put back to November 7 this year.

Mr Archer said: “Originally, Benchmark intended to submit a planning application for the waterpark phase alone.

“However, they have determined now to submit a detailed planning application for the whole develop- ment excluding the former Atlantis site.

“The council’s Planning Services have welcomed this decision as it will offer a more holistic approach to the overall planning of the development enabling all aspects of the further development of the majority of the site to be conditioned in one application.”

The meeting takes place today at 3pm.