PLANS have been submitted for the first phase of the long-awaited Middle Deepdale development to the north of Eastfield.
The project, which was first identified in 1999, will consist of up to 1,350 new homes and work is expected to begin as soon as next year.
Alex Richards, Scarborough Council’s project manager for the development, told members of the Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee that the plans for the first phase included 100 houses and new link roads.
He said: “For the past 12 years we’ve been trying to bring this housing scheme to fruition in this area.”
There will be a total of six phases and the whole Middle Deepdale development is expected to be completed by 2021. Mr Richards said: “We are looking at the next 10 years – each phase will take between a year and 18 months to complete. Each phase will be supported by a detailed planning application.”
Developers have promised to provide 20 per cent in affordable housing – in addition to that provided by housing associations – and Cllr John Ritchie said it was absolutely essential that the council did everything it could to achieve its affordable housing targets. He asked how many of the first 100 homes fell into the affordable category?
Mr Richards said there would be a mixture of properties with some affordable homes, some for the rental market and some for sale on the housing market.
Cllr Ritchie said: “How do we hold the developers to account to get the levels of affordable housing that we need to be built?”
Mr Richards said that could be achieved through conditions applied throughout the planning process.
Previously council planners had hoped for a figure of 40 per cent affordable housing but a downturn in the housing market made this difficult for developers to deliver and Pauline Elliott, the council’s head of planning and regeneration, said: “20 per cent of something is still better than 40 per cent of nothing.”
Cllr Godfrey Allanson, the scrutiny committee chairman, said that the developer should not be allowed to leave building all of the scheme’s affordable housing until the final phase of the project.