New proposals to transform the area around Scarborough’s Market Hall

Thursday, 7 October 2021

Revised plans for a new public square outside Market Hall in Scarborough have been submitted.

The proposal is to create a new, vibrant and high-quality public space by demolishing some buildings, reconfiguring others and enlarging and pedestrianising St Helens Square.

The scheme has been designed to enhance and build upon the proposed development of the former Argos site for student accommodation.

The new St Helen’s Square would be used for markets, exhibitions and performances while creating a more attractive area in front of the historic market hall.

Plans were originally drafted in 2018 as part of the wider regeneration of the former Argos building but have since been revised after feedback and consultation.

The refreshed proposals are now being submitted for planning permission to complement the recent application relating to the Argos scheme.

A new St Helens Square is an integral part of the Scarborough blueprint and town centre strategy.

One key element of the strategy is to create a high-quality network of interesting spaces and streets in Scarborough town centre.

The council’s ambition is for cohesive, characterful and distinctive public areas which have a specific purpose and link key parts of the town together.

The square would draw inspiration from Scarborough’s culture and heritage and reflect the natural landscape.

The council has recently purchased the former Shakespeare pub and will meet the expected £4 million cost of the scheme from a variety of sources.

If the planning application is successful, it is hoped work will start in the next few months.

Councillor Liz Colling, cabinet member for inclusive growth, said:

“This new scheme will completely transform this historic part of town.

“The amazing market hall in Scarborough is a hidden gem of which are rightly proud and the square will make it much more visible to all.

“Combined with the separate scheme to find a new purpose for the former Argos site, this is great news for our town.”

An artist's impression of how St Helens Square could look