Proposed regeneration scheme for Scarborough

Friday, 5 July 2019

A significant regeneration scheme to breathe new life into Scarborough town centre and support the expansion plans of CU Scarborough and the NHS will be the subject of a report to an extraordinary meeting of our Full Council on Friday 12 July.

The regeneration scheme, which is the first major proposal linked to our recently adopted Town Centre Strategy, would involve the demolition and redevelopment of the former Argos building on Newborough into high quality residential accommodation for 150 university students and 50 NHS key workers, and open up additional regeneration opportunities for 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.

The plans would meet these aspirations as well as a number of ambitions set out in the Scarborough Town Centre strategy, including: to make the town a mixed use environment; enable and increase residential living within the town centre, develop the transitional night time economy; build the town’s identity, image and brand, create an inviting public realm to be proud of and meet identified economic challenges; retain and grow the area’s population of young people and provide the infrastructure required to accommodate key sector workers within Scarborough.

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 current proposals in partnership with Buccleuch Property.

Richard Bradley, Scarborough Borough Council Commercial Director said:

"The proposals represent an exciting opportunity for us to partner with a successful private developer to transform a tired and neglected part of the town centre into vibrant facilities that will help to diversify the economy and support young people and job creation. They will also enable the council to help deliver the strategic objectives of CU Scarborough and York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

"Investment in the scheme could also help to unlock around £15 million of external funding for additional regeneration opportunities such as the transformation of the surrounding public realm space around the refurbished Market Hall, which will ultimately enhance the area’s cultural appeal and promote wider economic growth.

"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 and this scheme would give us the chance to match that commitment."

Peter Jarman, Wrenbridge Managing Director said:

"Wrenbridge and our partners, Buccleuch Property, are really excited to be able to bring forward this important regeneration project that will see the next stage of CU Scarborough’s growth and form the lynchpin of the council’s plans to improve and regenerate the town centre."

The report about the scheme is available on our Full Council agenda page.