Developer hits out at silence over cafe plans

How the cafe could have looked
How the cafe could have looked

An investment group has hit out at Scarborough Council over its handling of the tender process for the former Royal Albert Drive Cafe.

The council has been marketing the long-closed building as an “exciting-development” opportunity but, despite extending the time limit, has not been able to find a developer to take the project on.

How it looks now

How it looks now

Richard Ward contacted the Scarborough News on behalf of a group who had submitted a plan to turn the cafe into a restaurant.

It would have seen the building demolished and rebuilt, with public toilets on the site retained as part of the new building.

However, the plan was rejected by the council.

Mr Ward said: “I represent a group of investors who have submitted a redevelopment plan that has been rejected by the council as it did not meet their criteria.

“They refuse to give specific criteria on financial requirements and have rejected the opportunity for us to meet with them and negotiate the design/financial offer.

“Nobody was awarded the bid to redevelop the site in July 2016 so they extended the window to August and nobody was awarded the bid then.

“The property also failed to be awarded a redevelopment contract back in 2013.

“Whilst we accept that our redevelopment plans might not be what the council had in mind, we are more frustrated at the fact that nobody has been awarded the contact again and the building remains derelict and is in no way benefiting Scarborough.”

The Scarborough News understands that the plans were rejected because the council wants holiday lets included as part of any development on the site.

At a recent full council meeting the councillors were told in a report that: “The recent tender exercise for this exciting

development opportunity has not delivered the scheme to match the council’s aspirations for this location.

“Alternate options are currently under consideration.”