Controversial Lady Edith's homes plan axed

Controversial plans for new homes in Scarborough have been withdrawn by the applicant.

Tuesday, 5th April 2016, 5:48 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th April 2016, 5:56 pm
034416j in B28 28/10 pics AH The greenfield site of the proposed private hospital development, off Lady Ediths Drive, opposite Raincliffe Sch'.

Persimmon, one of the country’s biggest house builders had submitted plans to Scarborough Council to construct 54 dwellings on land off Lady Edith’s Drive and Throxenby Lane.

Residents had formed a community group to oppose the plans but now it has been confirmed that the plans as it will not be considered by the council.

Charles Betty, chairman of the Residents of Throxenby against Development on Lady Edith’s Drive Group, said: “To us, the residents around Throxenby Lane and Lady Edith’s Drive this green field is a set of lungs; a gateway to the countryside, a light-filled local space, the reason we moved here.

“To the many people who use Lady Edith’s Drive to walk their dogs, ride horses and bikes or just have a gentle walk to Raincliffe Woods and Throxenby Mere, the field is a local amenity, a restful place for the eye and soul.

“To the wildlife around the area, the field with its pond is a place of haven, a home or a well-trodden path within a traditional territory.

“We were not surprised that the plans were dropped and we have not been told why as of yet but we are not celebrating.

“I have no doubt that the plans will be resubmitted once again.

“But we are not going anywhere.

“We’ve had lots of support from people across Scarborough.”

Persimmon has 12 months to resubmit the scheme without having to pay planning fees, estimated at £20,000, a second time,

More than 40 people wrote to Scarborough Council to object to the home builder’s plans for the site.