Heritage body gives backing to lifeboat station

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English Heritage has given its support to the proposed new lifeboat station for Scarborough.

The powerful body said it is in favour of the radical new design of the station.

As previously reported by the Scarborough News the design for the larger station was met with a mixed reaction when it was unveiled earlier this year.

Many people were sceptical of the large, unusual shape and green panels.

However, English Heritage says it is ‘now happy to support the proposal’.

In its submission to Scarborough Borough Council the organisation’s inspector of historic buildings and areas, Kerry Babington, states that: “The design of the new lifeboat station responds positively to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area.

“The irregular trapezoids creatively articulate the external form of the structure, successfully expressing the internal functions and breaking up the bulk and massing.”

“This will make a positive contribution to local character and distinctiveness and enhance the setting and significance of the heritage assets affected.”

The plans to demolish the old lifeboat station are out to consultation and are due to go before the council’s planning committee later this year.