Approval granted for women’s shelter

Danes Dyke. Scene where building work may begin .pic Richard Ponter 150310c

Danes Dyke. Scene where building work may begin .pic Richard Ponter 150310c

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Plans for 10 flats for victims of domestic violence have been granted planning approval.

Scarborough Council’s planning committee today backed the Home Group Ltd’s scheme to build the shelter on open space at Danes Dyke in Newby.

The approval is subject to no formal objections from the Highways Agency, which informally said it did not object in principle, and the council’s cabinet agreeing to dispose of the land.

A number of people turned up to the Town Hall in order to try and stop the proposals from going ahead.

However, by nine votes to three, the committee disagreed.

Cllr Colin Haddington said: “This type of application always brings with it a certain amount of fear and stigmata. But if we were to say no to this site as people objected the applicant will come back with another site and then the people who live there will object.”

Fellow councillor Eric Broadbent added: “This site seems ideal.”

Danes Dyke resident, Doreen Crabtree, told the committee that the people of the are had a great sympathy for the women in question, but used the example of her legally blind 102-year-old neighbour, who she said would be greatly impacted by the development.

She said: “This is not the correct location for a build like this.”

“These last few months have been hell,” she added.