Sands plans within weeks

North Bay water park. North Bay Plan and elevations of swim pool. Submitted.'18/03/11
North Bay water park. North Bay Plan and elevations of swim pool. Submitted.'18/03/11

DEVELOPERS behind the project for Scarborough’s North Bay are hoping to submit a planning application by September, it has been revealed.

Work on the water park, which has been on the agenda as part of the Sands development since it was first proposed in 2002, could begin next June – with a completion date of November 2013.

Atlantis Water Park pictured in July 2002.

Atlantis Water Park pictured in July 2002.

Cllr Derek Bastiman, Scarborough Council’s portfolio holder for strategic planning and regeneration, is due to provide councillors with an update on the scheme at today’s meeting of the full council.

He said: “The new owner of the Sands development has engaged a firm of architects and is in weekly consultation with our planners to hopefully deliver a detailed plan by September.”

Cllr Bastiman added that an exhibition would be organised so members of the public could see the proposals and comment on them.

It is understood that the application will include proposals for the rest of the site which would include a new water park development.

Roland Duce took over the multi- million pound North Bay project in June 2010 after he bought out original developers Benchmark Leisure.

In March the property developer gave a presentation of his recently unveiled masterplan for the North Bay site to councillors and they voted unanimously to extend its existing development agreement.

The original agreement was due to expire last month and Scarborough Council held a special meeting to decide the next step.

The waterpark phase includes plans for a waterpark, a public house and more than 300 car parking spaces on the former Burniston Barracks site, as well as 35 timber holiday lodges in parkland on the former Kinderland site.

The park itself is set to feature:

• An indoor wave pool

• Children’s pool

• Tornado water slide

• Outdoor family pool

• Lazy river

• Pool and spa.

The first phase of the Sands included waterfront apartments and the Open Air Theatre, was completed by developers Benchmark.

Benchmark originally became involved in the redevelopment of the North Bay in 2001 and the scheme became known as “The Sands” project in 2004.

However the scheme ran into trouble as the global economic downturn began to take hold and in 2008 plans to build 40 holiday homes and a small hotel on the former Kinderland site came to a halt.

Cllr Tom Fox, the leader of Scarborough Council, is expected to make a full statement about progress made with the Sands development at today’s (Monday July 4) meeting.

Last month members of the Cabinet approved freehold sale of phase 1A of the Sands – Kepwick House and Lockton House – to make sure that the council recovered the funding for the full cost of building the Open Air Theatre.