A HUGE housing development on Duchy of Lancaster-owned land around historic Cloughton has been overwhelmingly rejected by planners.
Members of Scarborough Council’s Planning Committee yesterday followed officers’ advice because it was felt that the scale of the proposal was loo large for the village.
Nick Read, from the council’s planning department, said that the scheme would include 159 dwellings as well as shops, a village square, with post office and cafe, a doctors’ surgery and a pre-school.
But he added: “The scale of the development, relative to the existing settlement, is considered to be excessive.”
Mr Read said that, while the inclusion of open space was commendable, adding more than 150 new homes on top of the village’s 250 was “fundamentally different to its linear form”.
He said: “Our concern with this is that it would be unsustainable. We are bringing 150 new families who would have to travel outside the village for their day-to-day uses. We do feel there’s scope for a more limited development in Cloughton.”
Nick Dart, the Duchy’s property developer, said it was a unique opportunity to create a “unique and sustainable development”. He added: “It is five minutes walk for people who currently live in Cloughton so there would be less dependence on their cars for journeys. It would also retain youngsters who are currently moving away from Cloughton.”
Speaking on behalf of residents, Nick Rogers said that they felt a more modest development would have been in keeping with the nature of the “Domesday village”.
Cllr Andrew Backhouse, who represents Cloughton residents, said the extra exits and traffic calming measures created in High Street would lead to traffic problems and bottlenecks.
Cllr Dorothy Clegg said she travelled through the village on a regular basis. She said: “To have that number of houses is simply going to create a dormitory village.
“Parked vehicles have simply got to be half parked on the pavement. You have to go slowly – speed humps wouldn’t be an atom’s use.”
And Cllr Michael Jay-Hanmer said: “There does need to be more housing in Cloughton, I agree with that, but this is a step too far.”
Cllr Nick Brown said: “The development is just not sympathetic to the village. I don’t think that the amount of houses being considered here is sustainable.”
The Town Farm development was earmarked to re-invigorate farm buildings and the application has been in the pipeline for a number of years would provide properties in five areas on either side of High Street.