After plans for the renovation of a derelict funfair site were massively delayed, looking all but hopeless, there has been a resubmission for the plans. This sparks hope that the renovation may come to fruition after all.
Scarborough Development group is asking for an extension on the original scheme for the ocean plaza site in Rhyl, originally submitted in 2007 by Modus Properties, which has expired since then. SDG overtook this when Modus Properties went into administration in ’09, and have asked Denbighsire Council’s planning committee to grant another five years to develop the land.
However, because of local concerns involving the continued disuse of the Wellington Road site, only a one year extension is being recommended to members of the committee. Last year SDG put out a public consultations process on a downsized version of this initial project, because of the economic climate. This promised up to 350 jobs to be created by the £55m investment, which incorporates a new hotel, supermarket, petrol station, family pub, residential units and landscaping.
The firm was however criticised for the fact that they haven’t put in a revised planning permission, this is allegedly due to flood management issues, which have since been resolved. This resubmission of the original plans can act as a fallback to allow the company some more flexibility to get private investors involved, for example the supermarket and hotel chain.
These applications could act as a catalyst, meaning work could potentially start on the site, which has been an eyesore for the local community for the last few years.