1,300 homes plan: Autumn start?

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A HUGE 1,300-home development in Scarborough could start this year.

Work on the Middle Deepdale project has been earmarked to get under way in September.

The massive development includes 1,270 homes, a new primary school and major care facilities, with the first 270 properties set to be completed by 2016.

Cllr Brian Simpson, who has been integral in pushing for improvements in Eastfield, said he was delighted the work was now closer to fruition.

He added: “It is good to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel in view of the work that I and other councillors and residents have put in.

“We are getting there and once it goes through planning it can be a real catalyst for Eastfield and the wider community.”

Under the proposals, a further 250 properties are planned to be built by 2018 with 750 more homes pencilled in for completion by 2024.

Work on the new school, which would replace Overdale Primary School, is scheduled for conclusion in 2014.

The school will include a “community hub”, in an attempt to meld together Eastfield residents and homeowners on the new development.

Planning chiefs have also revealed negotiations are taking place with residents of Braeburn House to thrash out a deal for a new care facility during the same time frame.

The plans for Middle Deepdale have been on the table since 1999, and the work will be carried out by K2 Regeneration, a partnership between Keepmoat and Kebbell Homes.

The first phase of the development will feature 30 homes providing affordable housing, 60 family properties on the open market from Kebbell and 90 family homes from Keepmoat.

A report to Scarborough Council’s Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee confirmed an outline planning application had been submitted for the development, with the council’s planning hierarchy due to determine the proposals in May.

The report added consultation was also under way to create a platform for huge regeneration across Eastfield, to provide improvements to the high street area and shops, public transport and sport facilities.

It added: “The Middle Deepdale Development Board are considering various stewardship models for management of the open space within Middle Deepdale and the wider Eastfield area.

“Overdale School will be a single-form entry to reflect existing and medium term intake demand.

“Currently Overdale School is under-subscribed, the new school is therefore likely to be smaller in size than the existing school.

“It will include a community hall to provide a mixed use community hub.

“This will provide a functional facility and help establish integration between Eastfield and the new development to create a sense of community.

“The design process for the new school is under way and includes consultation with school governors.”

The Evening News revealed more than a year ago how Scarborough Council had signed an agreement with the K2 Regeneration.

Cllr Tom Fox, leader of Scarborough Council, said at the time: “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.”

A consultation on the care facilities in the development will be on display in the Town Hall tomorrow.