Scalby plans face committee again

Scalby residents are all set to fight plans for a massive development on the outskirts of their village. The High Mill Farm site'085244b          In    News Drop
Scalby residents are all set to fight plans for a massive development on the outskirts of their village. The High Mill Farm site'085244b In News Drop
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DEVELOPERS are hoping to win over the planning authority as they resubmit an amended master plan for 500 new homes in Scalby.

The High Mill Farm development has been greeted by local opposition since it was approved last October.

Following public consultation regarding the design of the plans, developers Signet Planning, submitted an updated master plan for approval by Scarborough Council’s Planning Committee.

However at the last meeting of the committee councillors deferred the application after concerns were raised about changes to the master plan, and the reasons behind them.

The application is now up before the committee once again after a supporting document was drawn up by the developers to explain the amendedments.

The changes see the alteration of the location of houses and industrial units, and more open spaces.

The council’s planning manager Jill Lowe is recommending councillors approve the new plans.

She said: “Overall, it is felt the changes to the master plan will benefit the overall feel of the development, and the changes, when looked at in the context of the design code and the evolution document, represent a positive step toward securing quality development across the whole of the site during its construction life span and beyond.”

However local campaigners don’t support the master plans, resulting in more than a dozen objections being sent to the planning committee.

Newby and Scalby Parish Council wrote to say: “The Parish Council objects to both applications as it considers each application so substantially different to the plans accompanying the original approved application as to effectively make this application tantamount to a new plan.

“The original application was a source of much contention and we see nothing in this application for compliance to reassure it that the original concerns have been satisfactorily addressed.”

As well as neighbouring residents objections, North Yorkshire Police also raised concerns about the children’s play area and youth shelter, stating they needed to be more overlooked by near by dwellings.

Councillors will decide whether or not to approve the amended master plan when they meet on Thursday.