Developer hails end of North Street cinema

North Bay cinema plan
North Bay cinema plan

The company behind a multiplex plan for Scarborough has welcomed news that a rival bid has been blocked.

Last week, Scarborough Council’s cabinet rejected a fresh call to put its North Street Car Park out to tender, which would have opened it up as a site for a town centre cinema.

When the cabinet refused it cleared the way for Benchmark Leisure’s North Bay plan.

The Water Park developer has resubmitted its plans, which were dramatically thrown out by the authority’s planning committee earlier this year as the cinema would not be located in the town centre.

It was felt by the committee that any cinema had to be located as centrally as possible.

Following this rejection, Benchmark has now submitted exactly the same application.

The company will be hoping that personnel changes on the committee following May’s local elections will elicit a different response.

A spokesman for the company said: “We understand that, after going back to Cabinet, the original decision on North Street car park has been upheld.

“This decision lends yet more support to the planning case for our multiplex cinema, and associated development plans, at the former Atlantis Water Park site at Peasholm Gap.

“The sole reason that the previous planning application was turned down was because of issues around the North Street development.

“The planning evidence is absolutely clear that our scheme is the only realistic option to deliver a 21st Century multiplex cinema for Scarborough.

“Now this has been fully resolved we are confident of a positive planning decision on our site.

“These plans are a major investment in the town and will help boost Scarborough’s leisure offer and attract both residents and visitors to the cinema.

“It will create lots of new jobs and will finally deliver a multiplex cinema that people in the town have wanted for a long time.”

Benchmark’s plans were thrown out by a single vote when considered by the previous committee.