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Developer back to drawing board to revive Rhyl’s seafront

Published date: 18 July 2012 |
Published by: Terry Canty
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A DEVELOPER has gone back to the drawing board in a bid to revive a project billed as the future for Rhyl’s seafront.

Scarborough Development Group is expected to launch a comprehensive consultation exercise this September before putting forward new plans for the resort’s flagship Ocean Plaza scheme.

Representatives from the Manchester-based group, which took charge of the project two years ago after original developers Modus Properties Limited went into administration, visited the town last week to meet business leaders and town centre officials at Rhyl Town Hall.

The site, previously home to Rhyl’s amusement and fun fair park, was set to become an ambitious £85 million entertainment, residential and shopping hotspot but those plans came to nothing because of the the demise of Modus.

Mike Ralph, planning director with RED Property Services, part of Scarborough Development Group, said: “We have re-opened a planning process.

We are currently drawing up a consultation strategy.

“We are aiming to apply at the end of September and planning on holding public consultation early in September for people to have their say.”

Rhyl West county councillor Joan Butterfield said: “This is just another re-hash. It is not until we see the planning application that we will know more.

“It has been eight years since the site was vacated and the fun fair closed down.”

Fellow Rhyl West councillor Ian Armstrong said: “We need to get work to start as soon as possible so we can get it up and running.

“It has turned into a bit of a graveyard.”

Speaking after a meeting with Scarborough Chris Ruane, Vale of Clwyd MP, said: “It was a very positive meeting with Scarborough and the Rhyl Town Centre Forum.

“They will be consulting on a new application in September, which could potentially clear the way to a start on site in 2013.

“I am very interested in seeing what new proposals they come up with.” 

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