Plans submitted for redevelopment of Scarborough shopping centre

19th December 2022 | Jack Oliver

Regeneration specialists Scarborough Group have submitted plans for a major repositioning of The Brunswick.

The 1990s-built, Debenhams-anchored Scarborough shopping centre was acquired by the group in September 2021.

The group aims to create a leisure-led destination based around a modern, high-quality cinema as well as other leisure, retail, and food & beverage uses.

Scarborough Group says it is working closely with the local council to meet its strategic objective of making Scarborough England’s best-performing coastal town by 2025 and the primary economic hub for retail, leisure, learning and living in the Yorkshire coast area.

Since the acquisition of the centre, the group has begun refining its plans in collaboration with its design team, which includes architect Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher, engineer Buro Happold, and planning consultant Zerum.

Scarborough Group says the transformation of The Brunswick will stimulate the regeneration of the wider town centre and create new jobs for local people.

Mark Jackson, group director at Scarborough Group, said: “Town centres across the country are suffering as changes to the nation’s shopping habits affect the demand for retail space, and The Brunswick has found itself with all-too-familiar problems. The collapse of Debenhams and Arcadia was a significant loss for The Brunswick, and viable occupier demand no longer exists for the centre in its current form.”

“We want to see The Brunswick drive the town centre economy once again, and promote further investment in Scarborough”, he added.

The application will now go through a statutory process, if permission is granted, on-site work is expected to start in mid-2023 with the finished scheme poised to open by Christmas 2024.


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