FEARS OF LANDSLIP SCUPPER LAND SALE

POTENTIAL developers of a prime site on Scarborough seafront have been put off by concerns over land stability.

POTENTIAL developers of a prime site on Scarborough seafront have been put off by concerns over land stability.Only one of 70 would-be developers or users expressed a serious interest in the Windmill site alongside Olympia Leisure and below the Grand Hotel, but their interest came to nothing.

The derelict site was put up for sale by the council in November and councillors had hoped that a buyer could be found so it could be redeveloped in time for the coming summer season, but they failed to attract any bids.

A survey carried out in 1994 highlighted concerns about slope safety.

A report put to councillors yesterday said: In relation to the northern part of the site, which incorporates the Windmill site, a note of caution was expressed concerning slope safety factors and warnings were also given that construction could encounter ground water, possibly under artesian pressure.

Anyone who bought the land would be advised to carry out a risk assessment.

A site report was considered by members of the council s resources select committee yesterday.

It revealed that the council intends to offer incentives to interested parties,such as rent-free periods.

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