Argos site plans in Scarborough are ‘a truly appalling prospect’, says former council planning chief
Plans by Wrenbridge and Buccleuch Property to demolish and replace the Argos building in Newborough with 200 apartments for students and NHS workers have already raised concerns about the ‘extreme demands’ it will place on already limited parking spaces , to its size and value. for money.
Scarborough Council is borrowing £ 22million from the Public Works Loan Board to fund the scheme, which includes ground floor retail units and housing for 50 Scarborough Hospital doctors and nurses and 150 university students on the upper floors.
But Jonathan Allison, a former head of planning and development on the board until 1995, said the latest round of proposals “would have had no hell of a chance” to pass in its day, and the “mystery is that this proposal has gone this far ”.
In his letter of opposition, he said that in addition to the lack of parking or facilities for motorcycles or disabled vehicles, the plans were for “a very small apartment building style (with) minimal space. per residential unit “and” negligible outdoor amenity space “.
Mr Allison claimed that “life in an intensive building” would quickly degenerate into “slum conditions”, adding: “It will affect the surrounding area and depress the local environment. It is a truly appalling prospect.
Scarborough and District Civic Society, which also opposes it, says that although the plans address some concerns, the building is still too large and will block sunlight from St Helen’s Square and surrounding areas, making it “miserable, small, dark, cold, unwelcoming space.
Hundreds of leaflets were handed out ahead of the meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Scarborough Library Concert Hall.
Organizer, businessman James Corrigan, said there had been no pre-application consultation with the community, as stated in the council’s original developer guidelines. major projects. He said the problem was “as big as it gets because it affects people twice a day when they try to park.”
In a statement released last month, the developers insisted that the revised plans represent “an unmissable downtown improvement opportunity.”
A spokesperson said: “These plans represent a major investment and regeneration in downtown Scarborough and the changes we have made ensure it will fit into the historic downtown area. “
“Completing this development will help the hospital attract doctors and nurses and will also create good quality housing for students.
“This is an opportunity to improve the city center that should not be missed.
The program was implemented with CU Scarborough, which is part of the Coventry University group, alongside a consultation with the York NHS Foundation Trust, which operates Scarborough Hospital.