Demolition plan given extra time

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A DERELICT Scarborough eyesore will stand empty for even longer after councillors granted an extension to the time limit for its demolition.

The former Scarborough Carpets shop and Boothby’s garage site, in Albemarle Crescent, was the subject of large-scale redevelopment proposals last year to demolish it and build 24 two-bedroom apartments on the 10,000sq ft site.

A spokesman for the applicant told Scarborough Council’s Planning and Development Committee that 40 per cent of the development – eight flats – would be affordable housing and the design was sympathetic to the neighbouring buildings.

Cllr Cecil Ridley said: “If ever there was a site that needed developing this is the one. For 10 years it’s been an eyesore and it’s good that someone is going to develop it. I only hope that the artist’s impression is the one we end up with.”

The project, entitled, The Duke of Albemarle Building, was initially granted planning permission nearly three years ago.

The redevelopment of the site would see the demolition of two three-storey houses and a warehouse and lies inside a conservation area.

Council officials are convinced the development will be a catalyst for reinvigorating the site.

The plans feature three blocks of two bedroom flats, with affordable housing units, and would offer off-street car and cycle parking areas, as well as solar panels on the rear roof slope of the three blocks to provide heating.

The flats will feature buff facing bricks and artificial stone detailing with slate roofing.

The plans have found favour with Scarborough Civic Society, who said the proposals marked a welcome change for the area as the site had been “neglected for too long.”

But Cllr Dilys Cluer, who represents the Green Party, said she was concerned that the parking plans offered less spaces for cycles than cars. She said: “I think that we shouldn’t have a condition to have fewer spaces for cycles than cars.”

The building has previously attracted keen interest from developers, with permission granted in 1995 to create a restaurant on the site. In 2003, plans were rubber stamped to build an indoor golf and snooker centre complete with a cafe and restaurant on the vacant property development.

Permission to extend the time limit for demolition was approved subject to the affordable housing agreement.