Plan for retirement flats gets approval

PLANS to demolish an old Scarborough pub to make way for a block of retirement flats have been approved.

The project would be built on the site of The Cricketers pub, in North Marine Road, which has been empty and boarded up since 2008.

A spokesman for the developers, McCarthy and Stone, said it was a well located site which was ideal for the type of development which was being proposed.

The plan included 36 private flats in a “re-creation” of the original terrace – the site was originally part of a continuous terrace housing the Queens Hotel, which was damaged during the war.

Cllr Godfrey Allanson rejected complaints which had been received about traffic problems. He said: “It’s like living in a village and saying there are a lot of farms and you get a smell from them.”

And Cllr David Billing commended the developers on the public consultation process which was carried out relating to the planning application. He added: “Modern, high-class accommodation for older people is going to be in demand.”

The five-storey building, which will form specialist retirement housing to provide care for older people who wish to remain independent and continue living within the community.