Londesborough Lodge to go back on market

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PREPARATIONS are being put in place to put Scarborough’s historic Londesborough Logde back on the market.

The Grade II listed building, in The Crescent, was put on the market in November 2009 by Scarborough Council.

However after a proposed sale fell through, and the asking price fell to £500,000 the council’s Cabinet mothballed the sale in November.

Now members of the council’s Planning Committee are being asked to approve the contents of a Planning and Design Guidance, which will form part of the package of information to be sent to potential purchasers/developers of the site.

The document contains advice on a range of planning issues. It states development should fit into the existing uses and town centre setting.

Appropriate uses include listed in the report include residential, either a single dwelling or high quality flats, a hotel, but only as an annex to a conversion of Londesborough Lodge itself, and prestige offices. Other key factors covered include detailed guidance on design and landscape, transport, drainage, sustainability and affordable housing.

Pauline Elliot, head of regeneration and planning at the council said the guide is to “provide thorough and up-to-date planning and design guidance to potential purchasers/developers, so that they can produce realistic tenders with full understanding of the relevant planning policies, and constraints that affect the site”.