Rejection for homes scheme

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FURIOUS councillors in Filey have rejected proposals to build 300 new homes in the town.

Filey Town Council refused to recommend the application from Coast and Country during a heated planning meeting.

The plans for the homes, on land off Muston Road, have brought widespread anger from worried residents as the development sits on an area prone to flooding.

Councillors also revealed they were extremely disappointed with the drainage provisions put forward.

Filey Flood Working Group received a report from Yorkshire Water on Monday stating a new sewer would be capable of dealing with 250 litres of surface water a second, which would be released it into the sea via Martin’s Ravine.

However, Cllr Sam Cross said: “I’m concerned that this report is a rush job and it does not say anything conclusive.”

Cllr John Haxby added: “Anybody worth their salt can read a book and look at a flow to determine what size of pipe will carry the flow.

“But it seems to me the report has been rushed out very quickly.”

Cllr David Murton, chairman of Filey Town Council planning committee, said the report’s drainage information was still far too sketchy and did not provide anywhere near enough assurances over safeguarding potential future flooding.

He added: “We all want this to encompass the views of the people in the town and what is best for the town too, therefore we should refuse this on the grounds of insufficient evidence.”

The plans are due to be heard by Scarborough Council’s planning committee tomorrow and councillors have been recommended to accept the development.

If the plans are passed, work could start in the spring and is expected to take five years to complete.