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Tourism plans for seaside town
It is hoped the plans will put Redcar on the map
Plans to put a Teesside coastal town back on the tourism map have been unveiled.

The proposed multi-million pound development of Redcar's Coatham Enclosure include an extreme sports venue, bingo hall and housing development.

An exhibition is currently being held in the town's Central Library outlining the proposals.

Simon Usher, planning manager for Persimmon Homes, who are behind the plans, said the aim was to transform Redcar into a "vibrant" destination.

The company is predicting Coatham Links will transform the town's tourism potential.

Family homes

Mr Usher said: "Our aim is to create a vibrant leisure destination in Redcar and put the town back on the map as a popular tourist, seaside, visitor and cultural destination."

Until 15 December, visitors to the library will be given a full rundown on the list of attractions that could be on offer.

They also include a leisure centre, pool, sports hall, ten-pin bowling alley, gym and a large indoor skate arena.

Other developments for the 35-acre site could include a visitor centre with beach observation tower, a bingo hall, restaurant, and 250 homes, seafront apartments, townhouses and family homes.

The area could also feature new modern public spaces, with a promenade, pedestrian/cycle boulevard and plaza area.

Mr Usher added: "These exciting proposals have been developed over the previous six months and take into account a wide range of opportunities and constraints.

"This is not a planning application - we want the public's views so you can have the opportunity to influence our proposals before we prepare a detailed planning application."

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