Homes plan for former pub site to be discussed

20/7/09 News'Scenesetter The strongwood pub at Eastfield.'093005
20/7/09 News'Scenesetter The strongwood pub at Eastfield.'093005
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Plans to build nine homes and two shops on the site of the former Strongwood pub could be thrown out by councillors today.

The application, which has been submitted by Central Property Developments Ltd, has been recommended for refusal in order to protect the viability of Eastfield town centre.

In a report by Jill Low, Scarborough Council’s planning manager, she said: “The retail element of the proposal would have an assessed impact of 15 per cent to 24 per cent on the Proudfoot store, which is the anchor development of the Eastfield District Centre.

“This would result in a significant adverse impact upon the viability and vitality of the Eastfield District Centre, as the proposal has been shown not to be linked into the district centre, and would been seen as an out of centre location, not generating linked trips with the district Centre. “

She added that the proposal was contrary to planning guidance. “In this instance there are no objections to the residential element of the scheme; this is a traditional layout of dwellings, consistent with the design of surrounding properties, with adequate amenity space, separation distances and parking and, in that regard meets the Local Plan Policy tests.”

The plan includes nine three-bedroom homes in terraces of four and five properties, across the site from west to east, with a central section separating the two.

Eight of the homes have an internal floor area of 72 square metres and the ninth covers an area of 82 square metres.

According to the report the site, in Eastway, is approximately 400m from the district centre of Eastfield – which contains a range of shops and services, including a supermarket, café and bakery shop.

Mrs Low added that it was close to local schools, employment opportunities and good access to local bus services. “The site has been cleared for some time, and is currently fenced off,” she said.

The council’s Planning Committee is due to consider the application from 1pm.