Historic pier set to be revamped in ‘once-in-a-generation’ scheme

Multi-million pound proposals to transform Scarborough’s historic West Pier have been heralded as a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” as formal plans for the scheme are due to be submitted.

A planning application is set to be lodged for the £11 million project, which aims to bring benefits for the seaside town’s fishing industry, businesses, residents and visitors.

The application outlines how the proposed regeneration scheme is centred on supporting and celebrating the town’s fishing and lobster industry as well as replacing the current facilities and buildings, which are no longer fit-for-purpose, with modern premises.

Before the plans are submitted, we have launched a wide-ranging consultation.

The West Pier proposals are part of the £20.2 million Towns Fund awarded to Scarborough in 2021, £5 million of which will contribute to creating modern facilities on the pier for harbour users with improvements for existing pier tenants and businesses as well as restoration work of some of the buildings with historical interest.

The harbour and pier area play a critical role in Scarborough’s local culture, heritage and economy with strong links to the fishing and hospitality industries. 

New facilities and improved welfare for our local fishing fleet will be built, supporting a thriving maritime industry and further boosting the lobster trade.

The new vision for the West Pier includes a high-quality seafood restaurant, which will increase opportunities to highlight locally caught produce, and a new public space, which could be used for outdoor events and cultural activities. New kiosks, parking and vehicle and pedestrian management, better offices, sheds and warehousing for the fishing sector and new public toilets will also be provided.

The scheme will help these industries to grow, while at the same time creating a great destination within Scarborough’s famous South Bay.

Feedback from the consultation will be assessed before the final planning application is submitted later this year.

The consultation closed on Friday, 13 October.