Plans for North Bay cinema are submitted again

North Bay cinema plan
North Bay cinema plan

Plans for a cinema at Scarborough’s North Bay have been resubmitted to the council.

The move comes after the Scarborough Council’s cabinet decided not to put North Street Car Park out to tender, the site has had planning permission for a cinema since 2008.

The original North Bay application was recommended for approval by the council’s planning officers but was turned down at the committee stage in April.

This new submission is identical to the one that was refused.

A spokesman for applicant Benchmark Leisure said: “We have strong interest from potential cinema operators and remain committed to delivering these plans. This investment will result in significant benefits for the town, including new jobs, tourism growth and the prospect of finally bringing a multiplex cinema to Scarborough. The cabinet’s decision to retain the North Street Car Park removes any uncertainty over that site and gives even more credibility to our plans.

“In planning terms, the sole reason for refusal resulted from doubts over North Street which have now been fully addressed.

“We strongly believe that the majority of Scarborough residents and visitors are crying out for a new cinema and would like us to get on with it. Whilst we have leading operators keen to take this opportunity now, their enthusiasm will not continue indefinitely and so we need a timely determination of these plans.”

The outline proposals include a multiplex cinema of up to 7 screens, mixed use commercial units including food and beverage outlets, a concealed multi-storey car park and up to 24 residential apartments above.