Housing plan unveiled

Scalby development the villas.jpg

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ARCHITECTS have unveiled these detailed drawings of the first 485 new homes to be built as part of a controversial housing development on the outskirts of Scarborough.

The proposals for High Mill Farm in Scalby include two separate housing areas, a traditional village green - known as The Gateway - a Village Heart area complete with community buildings, a wetland and business units.

Developers are expected to submit final designs to Scarborough Council within weeks and plans for 800 new properties on Northfield and 400 homes on Ridge Green are also in the pipeline.

Local residents were left furious when Scarborough councillors approved the development by a single vote last year and survived the demise of the authority’s Regional Spatial Strategy.

Caroline Pindar, chairman of Scalby Village Trust, said: “This development would completely overwhelm the village.

“I spoke to the people at the public exhibition and they said it would form an inward based community which we cannot understand at all.

“Scalby already has a heart and we were told by them that they are planning it to be an inward community.

“It is a 30 per cent increase in the size of Scalby and if they are intending it to be an inward community development then what benefit will the village see from it?

“There was not enough publicity about the exhibition either which meant a lot of people did not get to see the plans.”

However, she confirmed the drawings would be on show at the parish council’s next meeting on Wednesday March 7, and everyone was welcome to attend.

Under the proposals the properties, hailed as “adding a new chapter to the village” by planners Signet Planning, would galvanise the local economy by melding home and business environments together.

A report said: “The area will have a relatively low density with predominantly detached and semi-detached properties, with the latter appearing as large single villas.

“The dwellings will be predominantly red brick with accentuated gables making references to the arts and crafts influences of the surrounding area.

“With The Millside, a contemporary style of red brick and vertical glazing is proposed to bring variety and add a new chapter to the architectural history of Scalby.

“The community building provides a landmark to the village centre and its positioning alongside the office building and green space will make the village’s heart a hive of activity.

“The area of open space in the development is intended to remain natural and wild in appearance with new planting to enhance the environment and residents will enjoy views over Scalby from a platform.”

However, Mrs Pindar added: “When you look at the drawings the pictures don’t match the text.

“They have used images of existing buildings to show what they will look like but have used pictures of stone buildings and written the new development will be brick.

“Another a worry is that nobody will use the shops or pubs and all there will be is an increased amount of traffic.”

After the original planning decision Pauline Elliott, Scarborough Council’s head of regeneration, said she understood the concerns of residents but said it represented a boost for Scarborough’s housing stock.

She added: “The development would also bring investment to the area and provide local jobs during the construction period.”CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE RIGHT TO VIEW THE DRAWINGS