Welcome for water park approval.

Plans for the North Bay water park.
Plans for the North Bay water park.

Council officers have welcome this week’s move to finally approve plans for a new water park for Scarborough’s North Bay.

The news follows yesterday’s decision by members of Scarborough Council’s Planning Committee to approve an application for the next phase of the Sands development.

Speaking after the decision David Archer, the council’s strategic director, said it was a major step forward and massive investment for the area.

He added: “£75 million will give a much needed boost for the local economy. It gives visitors yet another reason to visitors yet another reason to visit Scarborough.”

Mr Archer said that officers were working closely with the developers and Scarborough’s Job Match initiative to make sure as many local people benefitted from the promised employment and training opportunities.

He said that the development could attract an extra 300,000 visitors to the area which was “fantastic news. “This will also add a first rate tourist attraction for local people.”

Brian Bennett, the council’s head of tourism, said that he considered the development would make a “significant positive contribution” to tourism in the area.

He added: “The water park is the landmark tourism attraction which is central to the whole Sands strategic development project. It is the principle visitor attraction within the development which, along with previous phases of the project, will regenerate this part of the North Bay.”