Green light for town centre regeneration scheme

Friday, 12 July 2019

Work to progress a significant regeneration scheme, which will breathe new life into Scarborough town centre and support the expansion plans of CU Scarborough and the NHS took a big step forward today when Scarborough Borough Council approved the redevelopment of the former Argos building site on Newborough.

The regeneration scheme is the first major proposal, linked to the council’s recently adopted Scarborough Town Centre Strategy, to come before Full Council since the new administration took control in May. Today’s approval, achieved through cross-party support, means that proposals to demolish and redevelop the building, large parts of which are currently unoccupied, into high quality residential accommodation for university students and NHS key workers can be progressed. The decision could also act as a catalyst for additional regeneration opportunities in the surrounding area.

CU Scarborough is urgently looking to have purpose built accommodation for its Scarborough university campus and would like it to be located within the town centre, close to services and at the heart of the local community. Similarly, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is now providing nursing courses at its Scarborough campus and has a growing need to offer high quality accommodation to accommodate staff and trainees.

Private developer, Wrenbridge Land Limited, who the council recently partnered with to develop Scarborough Sports Village, was approached by the university to discuss their future aspirations and accommodation needs within the town and ultimately resulted in the development of the proposals in partnership with Buccleuch Property.

Cllr Steve Siddons, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, said:

"I very much welcome the decision made by the council today. It means we can breathe new life into a tired and neglected part of the town, removing a building that has dominated the landscape for too long.  It is an exciting opportunity to transform part of the town centre which will bring prosperity and opportunities for all local businesses as demand for goods and services increases, and one which will provide jobs. 

"The previous investment of £14 million by CU Scarborough in their campus and the £40 million recently invested in Scarborough Hospital by the NHS represents a significant commitment to our borough."

Cllr Derek Bastiman, Conservative Group Leader on Scarborough Borough Council said:

"Today’s decision is a reflection of the strong cross-party working that has been in place throughout the development of the Town Centre Strategy. I very much hope this approach will continue so that we can work together on maximising the extensive opportunities for Scarborough and the borough presented by this significant regeneration scheme."

Picture of the old Argos building on Newborough, Scarborough