Councillors put off land decision

COUNCILLORS have deferred a decision on whether or not to approve a planning guidance document for land next to Londesborough Lodge.

The move sparked a lengthy debate at Thursday’s meeting of Scarborough Council’s Planning and Development Committee amid fears that the town could lose another valuable area of open space.

Hugh Smith, the council’s major projects officer, said that land would have a number of constraints place on it and would give developers an idea of the types of developments which would be acceptable.

He said: “It was originally planned for development when The Crescent was set out. The council has been trying to market Londesborough Lodge for some time but the land and the lodge have become the focus for antisocial behaviour.”

Cllr David Billing said that cynics might think that the council had failed to sell off Londesborough Lodge and this was a move to make a sale more attractive to developers. He added: “It has to come back to the Planning and Development Committee for any decision.”

Jill Low, the council’s planning manager, said that planning guidance carried less weight than development briefs and there did not require public consultation. She added: “We are not saying it has to be developed.

Committee members voted to defer the decision until the next meeting on Thursday, September 15.