Dramatic plans for North Bay unveiled

MAJOR changes to the proposed North Bay Project, including plans to restore the Open-Air Theatre, have been unveiled.

The plans for the historic theatre are part of a series of amendments made to plans drawn up by the developers behind the 120 million scheme.

Benchmark Properties also wants to put a three-storey multi-storey car park on the Northstead Lower Car Park.

The scheme still spells the end for Atlantis and Kinderland but the amended scheme shows an outdoor play area of the same size on the seaward side of the site.

Other old favourites like the miniature railway and the water splash are retained.

Northallerton-based Benchmark Properties also plans, not only to keep the seafront chalets, but to revamp them and also rebuild some of those which are in a poor condition.

The proposed hotel and casino has been moved from the Lower Northstead car park to the site of what is now Atlantis.

The re-shuffle means the whole of the Burniston Road car park will now accommodate holiday homes instead of just the grassed area as originally planned.

The developers say they have altered the plans after talking with local people, but it is still planned from today to start a new round of consultation.

If outline planning permission for the new scheme gets the go-ahead the developers hope to start work on the site in spring next year.

This is the latest move to revamp North Bay. Previous schemes for that part of Scarborough, including Zenith, have never come to fruition.

In December last year Benchmark submitted an outline planning application for its ideas which launched a round of consultation with interested parties.

Bosses at Benchmark say they have altered their original plans after listening to what local people said about the scheme. The amended planning application is now expected to be voted on by councillors this autumn.

The North Bay announcement is a double boost for Scarborough following Wednesday's article on South Bay pool landscaping progress.