BOSSES at Scarborough’s Sea Life Centre are hoping to build a new electricity sub-station at the site.
They have applied to Scarborough Council for planning permission for the 28 square metre rectangular building and it is due to be considered by the Planning Committee on Thursday.
In a report by Amy Carter, one of the council’s planning officers, she recommended that permission be granted.
The building is earmarked to take place on council owned land and applicants say it is a necessary upgrade because centre owners have made several developments to improve the centre.
Ms Carter said: “NEDL have advised that in order to meet this requirement a new electricity sub station is required, as the existing no longer complies with CE Electric specification.”
The building would be built to the west of the centre, within the staff service yard, and would contain a switch room and sub-station.
Ms Carter said: “It is intended that the external walls would be constructed utilising brickwork to match the quarantine buildings and the pyramidal roof in profiled metal roof cladding again the match the existing buildings on site.”
Scarborough Sea Life Centre is next to the North Bay Promenade, has a large public car park to the north, and the proposal does not fall within the Conservation Area.
In 2010 permission was granted for a Pirate Adventure Golf Course and earlier this year permission was also granted to extend the existing quarantine facilities at the centre.
Ms Carter said: “The proposed sub station has been designed to reflect the architectural style of the Sea Life Centre facility and would utilise materials and detailing to complement the main buildings and therefore would not harm the character of the area.
“The building is of an acceptable scale and clearly subservient to the main Sea Life Centre building.
“Moreover, due to position adjacent the steep embankment leading towards Scalby Mills Road and within the service yard, it is not considered that the sub station would be visually intrusive.”