Council approve Knipe Point move

Knipe point update. The site of the landslip at Knipe Point. Picture by Neil Silk  111368d 01/04/11
Knipe point update. The site of the landslip at Knipe Point. Picture by Neil Silk 111368d 01/04/11
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The most vulnerable residents living on the crumbling Knipe Point cliff edge could be relocated after Scarborough councillors backed proposals to move them.

Members of the Scarborough Council Planning and Development Committee unanimously voted in favour of lifting a planning regulation at Saxon Park, to allow up to 15 Knipe Point residents to permanently relocate there.

The vote, which was carried out at Scarborough Town Hall this afternoon, means that the most vulnerable residents would be free to move into the Crossgates site, which currently has three timber chalets installed, but has planning permission for 25.

The planning application for Saxon Park was granted on the grounds that it would only be used for holidaymakers. However, that was overturned at the meeting to allow the residents to live their for potentially the rest of their lives.

The application was submitted by the chairman of the Knipe Point Residents Association Malcom Pirks, who sought to have the sit and the decision is sure to delight residents, who had preferred a move to the site over other possible locations, such as the Mill Meadows development in Filey.

And the move received the backing of councillors. Cllr John Blackburn is the representative of the Cayton ward, where Knipe Point is located, and was thrilled that the decision.

Thanking borough officers for the efforts in helping to secure the money to aid residents, he said: “This is where they have always wanted to go, and at last residents can rest easy.”

And echoing Cllr Blackburn’s comments, Filey ward representative, Cllr Colin Haddington added: “At least by accepting these proposals, we can give residents peace of mind,knowing at last that they are going to have a roof over their head.”

Read The Scarborough News next week for further details.