Flooded for nine months but part of local plan for development

Burniston Stone Quarry road resident Geoff Vause objects to the planning of property at the back of his house as it is continually flooded and would be unsuitable for the development . pic Richard Ponter 155016a
Burniston Stone Quarry road resident Geoff Vause objects to the planning of property at the back of his house as it is continually flooded and would be unsuitable for the development . pic Richard Ponter 155016a
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Burniston residents were left baffled when they discovered the land behind their houses had been included on the local plan.

Despite five accounts of development on the site being refused and one which was withdrawn before the final decision, the land behind Limestone Road, in Burniston, has been included on the local plan.

For nine months of the year the L-shaped plot of land is completely flooded and for the remaining months it is a boggy marsh.

The most recent refusal was a planning application for 40 houses to be built on the land.

The development company held an exhibition for residents to learn more about the plans and many members of the community turned out in opposition to the build.

No drainage has been put in place since, although the plan does say that suitable draining must installed.

But residents question where the pool of flooded water will go.

Rain from all the gardens which back onto the land drains into the pool.

Suggestions that drainage can be put in place with the nearby beck has also raised concerns with residents as the beck also floods regularly.

Jennie Vause, who has lived near the land for 11 years, said: “Water drains into this big, massive pond and it’s like that for nine months of the year and it’s bog land, but I know they don’t take any notice of that now.

“There has been a lot of controversy towards this site.

“We thought it would have been withdrawn before this final one - it’s just ridiculous.”

Another worry for residents is that building on the land could cause their properties to subside if a development goes ahead, which was an issue found in a previous planning application.

Mrs Vause added: “We have all sent in our objections because of how bad it is and because of the number of times it was refused before.”

The council has previously refused planning permission on the site.

A way to drain the site would have to be looked into, but at this stage there is no development pending or planning application.

Steve Wilson, Scarborough Borough Council’s forward planning manager said: “All sites allocated throughout the borough in the Local Plan are assessed on the same basis and we take advice from technical experts in a number of fields, including drainage, highways and education.

“Our assessments are available to view on our website if people wish to find out any more information.

“The sites would of course have to go through the rigorous planning application process before any development could commence and such issues would be looked at again at the time of application.”