Plans for year-round arcade in Bridlington

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Long established Yorkshire arcade firm Harrison Leisure have lodged an application to extend their  amusement arcade located on Bridlington’s Royal Prince’s Parade into part of a unit formerly occupied by Burger King.

Other that a brief period last summer when a gift shop occupied the space, it has been vacant since the Burger King closed in 2009 due to poor sales, one of the many businesses hit by the financial crisis.

The closure of the Burger King was a significant factor in Harrison Leisure’s subsequent restructuring.

After attempts to attract food and drink tenants proved unsuccessful Harrison Leisure have revisited the possibility of opening an arcade.

At present the ground floor of the property is in use as an arcade, while the upper level is split between a 2,670 sq ft vacant unit and a fish and chip shop of a similar size.

A bid to change the use of the unit to an amusement arcade was refused consent in 2011 with a subsequent appeal also unsuccessful.

There has already been opposition to the proposal with an objection by Bridlington Town Council who suggest that the proposed use would lead to an “oversaturation of this type of provision in this area and the proposed change therefore results in an amusement arcade of significant scale”.

Integrating with the existing arcade, which currently operates seasonally, the extended amusements would be open year-round if planning is granted.

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