Water feature

Inddor fun... Plans for a water park have been submitted for the Sands development.
Inddor fun... Plans for a water park have been submitted for the Sands development.

A FULL planning application for a water park and holiday lodges at the Sands development has been submitted to Scarborough Council.

Council leader, Cllr Tom Fox, has welcomed the news that progress is being made on the North bay scheme.

He said the plans did not include the former Atlantis site and added: “It’s superb and very positive the way that Benchmark are engaged in the process – they are moving forward with an incredible timetable.”

Cllr Fox said that the developers were committed to building the new water park before the rest of the development.

He said: “The park is fantastic. They look very good. When people see the plans for the swimming facility I think even the purists will draw breath.”

Possible plans for the Sands went on display last November when they were subjected to public consultation.

And, if planning permission is approved, it is understood that work on the water park could be completed by late-summer 2013.

It has been described developers as a “state-of-the-art tourist attraction”, similar to Center Parcs, will form the cornerstone of the next phase of the Sands project.

Facilities will include a wave pool, children’s pool, a lazy river, an infinity pool, rides and a spa area.

Further stages, one at a time, are planned for the area to develop:

l a complex featuring 124 holiday homes on the former Mr Marvels site

l 29 log cabins on the former Kinderland site

l and a future planning application is also expected for a hotel and leisure facilities on the former Atlantis site.

Benchmark originally became involved redevelopment of the North Bay in 2001. However the scheme ran into trouble as the global economic downturn worsened and in 2008 plans for further development were put on hold.

In June 2010 Benchmark was bought out by developer Roland Duce – a substantial shareholder and chief executive officer of Abbey Commercial Investment. At the time the move was welcomed with councillors optimistic that the new owner would deliver the long-awaited water park.