UPDATED: Cinema plans approved

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Plans for a cinema on the former Atlantis site in Scarborough’s North Bay have been approved today.

Benchmark Leisure’s resubmitted plans for a large-scale development on the site was granted permission by Scarborough Council’s planning committee.

The outline plans must still be signed off by the Department for Communities and Local Government and the design of the building must be agreed before work can begin.

The plans, which were refused permission earlier this year, were approved by 12 votes to four, with one abstention.

Cllr Eric Broadbent told the meeting: “This development will kick-start the future of Scarborough and the North Bay.”

However, Cllr Colin Haddington said the decision had been effectively taken out of the committee’s hands when the cabinet refused to put the North Street Car Park out to tender.

“We have been railroaded by the cabinet who have trampled over democracy and effectively overturned our refusal,” he said.

Following the meeting, a spokesman for Benchmark Leisure told The Scarborough News: “We are delighted that the council has approved these plans and we look forward to delivering this major investment in the town.

“We have been encouraged by the level of support for these proposals and, alongside the water park and other developments, the plans will provide a major economic boost for Scarborough.

“The new multiplex cinema and the other elements of the plans will provide new facilities for both residents and visitors and retain the many people who currently travel out of the town to visit a cinema.”