Progress in Middle Deepdale scheme

19/6/09 News'Looking from Overdale towards Middle Deepdale..'092583
19/6/09 News'Looking from Overdale towards Middle Deepdale..'092583

COUNCILLORS are set to discuss progress on a huge housing development in Eastfield on Tuesday.

An outline planning application for the 1,300-home Middle Deepdale development is expected to be submitted to planning officials on Monday September 26 – 12 years after the project was first conceived – with details put on public display next month.

Members of Scarborough Council’s Cabinet will discuss a joint report by the council’s strategic director, head of Finance and asset management and the head of legal and support services.

The report recommends that councillors:

l note the developer’s proposal to include 20 per cent affordable housing in the application

l note the agreement by the Homes and Communities Agency to provide financial support to Sanctuary Housing to help them provide additional affordable housing units within the development through an extra care unit on the site

l to agree to a proposal that the borough council enters into an agreement with North Yorkshire County Council to provide an access to link Eastfield with the Middle Deepdale site.

Ian Anderson, the council’s head of legal and support services, said: “This is to allow for the observations of Cabinet upon the proposed affordable housing within the development and to ensure integration of the Middle Deepdale development into Eastfield.”

He added that there was a risk that the development could stall without an agreed masterplan or without agreement with a tenant farmer.

In January this year the council gave final approval to entry into a partnership agreement with developers K2 to enable the project to move forward as a development.

Mr Anderson said negotiations had been underway to test the financial viability of the development to set the appropriate level of affordable housing to recommend to the planning authority.

“Within those negotiations a figure of 20 per cent affordable housing has been proposed and a Planning Performance Agreement committing the parties to the vision for the development has been arrived at.”

He added that, although the proposed planning application proposed an amount of affordable housing below the 40 per cent “aspirational target” contained within the current policy, the infrastructure costs meant that the 20 per cent figure was significant.

He said: “The Local Plan Inspector noted that ‘it is unlikely that significant numbers can be achieved due to the strong level of other planning gain associated with these proposals. Consequently, the provision of affordable housing will be the subject of negotiation’.”