Housing plan is moving forward

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PLANS to regenerate Middle Deepdale and the wider Eastfield area of Scarborough are moving forward with the formal signing of a partnership agreement between Scarborough Borough Council and K2 Regeneration.

Delivery company, K2 Regeneration, is a partnership between recognised regeneration specialist Keepmoat and national quality house builder and landowner Kebbell Homes Limited.

K2 is to work closely with Scarborough Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Sanctuary Housing Association and Yorkshire Coast Homes to develop Middle Deepdale and to regenerate the wider Eastfield area.

Extensive consultation with the local community over a number of years led to master plans being formulated for a new 1,300-home residential development on Middle Deepdale that would be a catalyst for regeneration initiatives within the Eastfield community. These proposals were approved by the borough council’s cabinet last December and the outline planning application for the development is due to be submitted to the council shortly.

The plans include creating quality new homes for sale and for rent, extra care housing for older people and people with disabilities, community facilities, a school, public recreational open space, new retail outlets and community services on both Middle Deepdale and across Eastfield.

With work anticipated to start on site by early next year and take up to 15 years to complete, the partnership is projected to boost the local economy and offer long term employment opportunities for local people for many years to come.

Cllr Tom Fox, leader of Scarborough Borough Council, said: “The signing of this agreement with K2 heralds the start of an exciting new future for Eastfield.

“After many years of discussions on a number of possible plans and solutions, I am delighted that we are now in a position to take this major regeneration project forward with confidence.

“It promises to give the local community a real boost and will begin to create much needed job opportunities in the area. The long-term result will give the residents of Eastfield better community facilities, a greater choice of affordable homes, new education provision and an overall improvement in their quality of life.”

Chris Bovis, Director of Corporate Governance at Keepmoat, added: “The partnership is creating real solutions in answer to the community and council’s aspirations. We are excited to be able to apply our regeneration specialism to drive this project forward and to place shape the future of Middle Deepdale and Eastfield.

“We look forward to working with the other partners of this scheme and are confident we will make the project a success.”