New building proposal for North Bay

The Sea Life Centre
The Sea Life Centre

A NEW quarantine building could be built at Scarborough’s Sea Life Centre if a planning application gets the go-ahead.

Members of Scarborough Council’s Planning Committee will consider the application at a meeting on Thursday.

In a report prepared for committee members by the council’s planning manager, Jill Low, she said that the new building would extend the existing quarantine facilities at the centre.

According to the report the centre has increased the range of animals in its care over recent years and it had also provided support to local conservation projects leading to a need for expansion.

The proposed L-shaped building would cover 55 square metres and would be built on part of a proposed pirate golf course and part of the staff car park.

Permission for the pirate golf course was granted last year.

Ms Low said in the report: “This would amount to the loss of four staff parking spaces that had been proposed with the previous scheme. The proposal would be positioned adjacent to the existing quarantine building. A 2.2 metre boundary fence would be installed to separate the golf course facility from the quarantine buildings.”

The proposed building would be timber clad with an open roof facing brick section measuring 2.4m high.

According to the report the Environment Agency said that the plan would only be acceptable if it complies with measures outlined in a Flood Risk Assessment.

Ms Low said: “The Sea Life Centre has signed up to the Environment Agency’s Flood Warning System and it is intended that the site management staff would be responsible for monitoring the flood status.

“Having consulted with the Environment Agency they have no objection to the proposed scheme, subject to an appropriate condition requiring the measures highlighted within the Flood Risk Assessment to be implemented.”

She added: “The proposal is of an acceptable design that would harmonise with the existing facility and therefore is considered to accord with the requirements of the Scarborough Local Plan.”

And she said that the proposed development was not considered to be overbearing or to have a detrimental impact on the appearance of the North Bay Promenade.

The report recommended that permission be granted provided that the development be carried out in “strict accordance with the submitted plans”.