The Futurist plan – have your say

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A MOVE for public consultation of possible redevelopment of the area containing the Town Hall and The Futurist should get official approval on Monday.

Cllr Derek Bastiman, Scarborough Council’s portfolio holder for strategic planning and Regeneration Portfolio, is due to consider a development brief for the area surrounding the two buildings after the move was endorsed by the Planning Committee at the beginning of the month.

And the news comes as members of the Cabinet are due to hear an evaluation of various options over the future of the Town Hall building – which could include a much discussed move of the council operation to a new site out of the town centre.

In a report by Hugh Smith, the council’s major projects officer, he said the preparation of the brief followed on from recommendations made by the Futurist Task Group and was ratified by Cabinet in December.

He added: “The council, as owner of the site, in effect supports the redevelopment of the Futurist Theatre. Independent advice indicated that this would most likely be viable if undertaken as part of a larger comprehensive development, also embracing the King Street Car Park and Town Hall extensions.

“In addition, the brief would assist with the ongoing accommodation review, whereby the council may wholly or partially relocate services from the Town Hall.”

It is hoped that the planning document will act as a “preamble to development” by offering planning guidance on the type of development which may be acceptable across the sites.

Mr Smith added: “Acceptance of the brief assumes acceptance that the site can now be developed. The brief area is subject to a number of planning constraints and by setting principles and parameters it would help create certainty for any potential bidders, if and when, the council assets are subject of a tendering process.”