Housing bid for old council offices

Scalby Parish Hall
Scalby Parish Hall

FORMER parish council offices in the Scarborough area could be converted into housing use if planners approve a planning application. Developers are hoping to convert the former offices in Scalby Road into a two-bedroom home – without changing its outer appearance.

The matter is due to be discussed by members of Scarborough Council’s Planning and Development Committee on Thursday. In a report, Jill Low, the council’s planning manager, said that members of Newby and Scalby Parish Council had objected to the plan because it did not fit in with local planning policies covering the re-use of vacant land within development limits.

She said: “This is by virtue of the fact that the proposed use will conflict with existing uses in the immediate area and priority has not been given to using the site for an employment-generating use.

“However, it is requested that any approval should be conditioned to control means of enclosure and other permitted development rights, renovation of doors and windows, protection of trees and requiring the installation of double glazing so as to minimise the impact of noise from the community hall.”

In the report the council’s head of environmental health and housing pointed out that nearby tennis courts and community hall were established uses and any prospective buyer would be able to assess the impact before proceeding with the development. And Scalby Village Trust said it was not opposed to the proposal in principle because it was better that the building was used rather than deteriorating into disrepair.

But the trust was concerned at the lack of detail of the external issues making any informed comment difficult.

In her report Mrs Low said: “The principle of conversion to residential use is the key issue here along with the loss of a building that could be used for community purposes.”

She added that Local Plan Policy H12 allowed for such a conversion within the Development Limits where self-contained accommodation could be provided without adversely affecting amenities for residents.

Planning officers have recommended that permission be granted subject to a number of conditions.