Cinema plans set for three-year extension

Artist impression of Opera House Casino cinema plan on North Street
Artist impression of Opera House Casino cinema plan on North Street
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DEVELOPERS behind a move to bring a multiplex cinema to Scarborough hope to be granted a three-year extension to planning permission for the scheme at a meeting today.

Nikolas Shaw Ltd, which owns Scarborough’s Opera House Casino, was awarded the town’s small casino licence earlier this year when rivals Apollo Leisure pulled out of the bidding process.

The company had previously said that if it won the licence, it would significantly expand the Opera House Casino.

Planning permission for the development in North Street car park was originally granted in July 2008.

But as yet no start has been made on the scheme, the developer has applied to Scarborough Council’s planning committee for a three-year extension.

Planning chiefs will run the rule over the bid at a council planning meeting at the Town Hall this afternoon.

Jill Low, the council’s planning manager, said: “The proposed development is simply to extend the time period for an additional three years to an existing planning permission, granted consent in July 2008.

“The scheme remains as per the permission granted in 2008 and Scarborough Borough Council policies used to assess the full application at that time are still relevant today.”

Mrs Low said new issues had arisen since 2008 which needed to be considered, but added: “It is considered that the proposal to extend the outline planning permission for the development of the car park accords with both national and local planning policies.”

Apollo Leisure, which it was confirmed yesterday has assigned its rights to operate Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre to a company associated with Benchmark Leisure, had stated that it would build a huge new mixed-use development, incorporating a casino, in the North Bay, if it won the town’s small casino licence.

Both Nikolas Shaw Ltd and Apollo Leisure had been allowed through to stage two of the bidding process for the casino licence before Apollo withdrew its bid in January.