'Derelict' shop in Scarborough set to be turned into holiday flats

An empty shop is set to be converted into holiday flats despite concerns about changes to the building.

A vacant and “derelict looking” shop and office building at 10-12 Queens Terrace, Scarborough is set to be converted into a pair of holiday flats following approval of plans by North Yorkshire Council.

The “unusual, narrow triangular-shaped” two-storey building is located at the end of a traditional terraced row of houses with feature bay windows. The building, which was previously shops at ground floor level with an office and workshop above, is located in a mixed residential and commercial area where numerous tourist lodgings exist.

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A council report states that “whilst the loss of the shop-fronts is regrettable, they are in particularly poor condition, suffering from rot, and they are relatively modern replacements”.

Queen's Terrace, Scarborough.Queen's Terrace, Scarborough.
Queen's Terrace, Scarborough.

The authority said that it would not be reasonable to try to retain the existing shop fronts and that if they were retained “it would create visual amenity issues arising from the proposed use and the building occupants would suffer from a poor level of privacy and amenity”.

No parking will be provided at the holiday let although the forecourt area will provide space for a bicycle or mobility scooter which the council said allows for “more sustainable means of transport”

Planning officers also noted that the site is within easy walking distance of local facilities.

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Officers concluded that the general improvements to the building and its use as a holiday let would “ensure the building would be maintained in good order” and as a result outweighed “any modest harm arising from the window material”.

The council report concluded: “The site, due to its semi-derelict appearance and boarded-up windows has a seriously negative impact on the character of the conservation area, and the previously approved modern replacement windows are poor. The works to the appearance of the building would be a visual enhancement.”

The plan was approved subject to conditions including a requirement that the building “shall not be used for purposes other than holiday letting”.

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