Skepticism over proposed health village

The Old Rugby ground site still derelict. Picture by Richard Ponter 113704a
The Old Rugby ground site still derelict. Picture by Richard Ponter 113704a

PROPOSALS for a new health village in Scarborough will come under the spotlight at a planning meeting this week.

Outline permission was granted for the development on the former Scarborough Rugby Club site, in Scalby Road, in July 2006 – but the site has stood empty ever since.

The Old Rugby ground site still derelict .Picture Richard Ponter 113704b

The Old Rugby ground site still derelict .Picture Richard Ponter 113704b

Buckingham-based developers Ashley House have now applied to Scarborough Council’s planning department to extend the time limit for implementation.

However, some believe the £25 million development will never happen.

Dr Nick Whelan, of Scarborough Medical Group which hoped to move on to the new site, says he does not believe a GP surgery will ever be built there.

He said: “I just don’t think it’s going to happen. Our last communication with Ashley House was a considerable time ago.”

Dr Whelan said they still want to develop their practice and are now looking for other opportunities.

The planning application includes:

l a private hospital, with 25 beds and two operating theatres

l a medical centre, which will also include a pharmacy and lettable general office space on the upper floor

l a care home with 93 private bedrooms

l sheltered apartments comprising fourteen two-bedroomed flats.

It was anticipated that the care home would be staffed by 18 full-time workers and other new roles on site would include doctors, nurses and administration staff. In a previous Evening News article about the plans, a spokesman from Ashley House said that they had expected to start work last May, but the credit crunch and change of Government had got in the way.

Fred Eastman, the company’s property portfolio manager, said yesterday: “We want to crack on and get on site as soon as we can.” The planning meeting is on Thursday.