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Scarborough Council rejects multiplex cinema scheme

Scarborough Military Adventure Park Image copyright John S Turner
Image caption The Military Adventure Park replaced Atlantis in 2012

Plans for a new multiplex cinema on the site of Scarborough's Military Adventure Park have been rejected.

The seven screen cinema would have been situated on the western part of the site, facing Burniston Road.

The cinema would have been part of a wider redevelopment of Scarborough's North Bay, known as The Sands.

Councillors rejected the recommendation of planning officers to approve the plans over concerns about the impact it would have on the town centre.

Objectors to the multiplex plan had urged the council to instead push ahead with separate proposals for a five screen cinema on the town's North Street, which were put forward in 2008.

Outline planning permission was granted at the time but has since lapsed.

The proposed location for the rejected cinema had originally opened as an outdoor swimming pool in July 1938 and had various guises - most notably as Atlantis water park - until it closed in 2007 after years of loss-making.

Image copyright Benchmark
Image caption A water park will form part of the wider redevelopment of Scarborough's North Bay, known as The Sands

The Military Adventure Park, which opened in 2012, only has temporary planning permission to remain on the site until November 2016.

The cinema would have been located on the Atlantis site and would not affect the new multi-million pound seaside water park at The Sands which is currently under construction and set to open in Easter 2016.

Developer Benchmark Leisure is behind both projects and has not yet commented on the council's decision.

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