Council looks to build 9,000 new homes over the next 15 years

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A document that will shape the future of the borough over the next 15 years will go out to public consultation on Friday.

The new Local Plan for the Borough of Scarborough has progressed to the draft stage and Scarborough Council is seeking the views of residents and other interested parties in a major consultation programme, scheduled to last for 10 weeks.

The plan seeks views on planning policies and the location of development across the borough up to 2030.

In that period the council is aiming to build 9,200 new homes throughout the borough, alongside industrial development, town centre regeneration schemes and additional open space, recreational and sporting provision.

Cllr Derek Bastiman, cabinet member for Strategic Planning and Regeneration said: “The new Local Plan is important as it will guide development for the next 15 years.

“As the area continues to move towards economic recovery, the borough will come under increasing pressure to accommodate housing, employment and other forms of development.

“Having a new Local Plan in place is critical to allow decisions to be made based on up to date policy and to provide certainty for both residents and developers as to where development is most likely to happen.

“It will ensure that developers bring forward the best and most appropriate sites.

“At this stage the plan is in draft form and any sites contained within it are not formal allocations.”

One of the site proposed, to the south of Cayton, could fit up to 2,000 homes on it. The draft Local Plan can be viewed at scarborough.objective.co.uk/portal or on the council’s website www.scarborough.gov.uk

Paper copies are available from Council offices and libraries.