Extra time needed for new housing

Scalby residents are all set to fight plans for a massive development on the outskirts of their village. The High Mill Farm site'085244b          In    News Drop
Scalby residents are all set to fight plans for a massive development on the outskirts of their village. The High Mill Farm site'085244b In News Drop

DEVELOPERS behind a new housing scheme in Scalby are asking for extra time to prepare the various stages of the planning process.

Provincial Land Developments Ltd is hoping to build 126 new homes, as well as a number of work units, on land at High Mill Farm and needed to submit the paperwork by next month.

An outline application was originally approved in October 2010 and developers are asking for an extra six months to submit the document.

In a report by Jill Low, Scarborough Council’s planning manager, she said: “The applicants have stated that the extension of time is required due to various delays since outline approval was granted, which has rendered it impossible to submit the Phase 1 Reserved Matters application within 12 months.

“As a knock on effect, this has required an extension to the remaining Reserved Matters submission.”

She added that a Design Code submitted by the developers, as well as the process of the eventual approval, was the main reason for the delays. She said: “It appears that the full nature of the Design Code process was underestimated by the applicants, and the Condition requirement that the code must be approved before Reserved Matters could be submitted has ultimately led to these delays.”

The plan was initially given approval for 12 work units and the developers are asking that this be reduced to six in the latest application. Mrs Low said: “The applicants are committed to developing the site as a mixed-use development, and the additional time requested by the applicants will allow the submission of a high quality development, the principles of which are enshrined within the Design Code.

“The time taken to negotiate and accept the Design Code will assist in raising design standards on site, and the provision of additional submission time in order to facilitate the design of the development is considered to be a positive factor.