Work has begun on a £7m housing scheme which will eventually lead to more than 1,300 homes built on farmland as part of the Middle Deepdale development.
The milestone was celebrated when Sanctuary Group was joined by representatives from North Yorkshire County Council, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Keepmoat at a sod cutting ceremony an the Eastfield site.
The housing and care provider is developing a 60-apartment extra care complex for the over 55s to the north of Overdale
It is part of the first phase of the wider Middle Deepdale development, which will see an area currently used as farmland transformed over the next 10 to 15 years into 1,350 new homes. A primary school, community hall, footpaths and public open spaces are also planned, along with a link road, connecting the A64 and A165.
The extra care scheme is expected to be completed by the end of 2014 and will include a restaurant, gym, library and three retail units, some of which will be for community use. It will also benefit the younger people of Scarborough, with two apprenticeship posts created and another seven apprentices, already working with contractor Keepmoat, to be given the opportunity to continue learning their trade on the site.
Helen Fielding, area manager for the HCA, which has contributed £1.5m to the development, said: “I’m really pleased to see the start of this project, since it is the conclusion of years of planning by our partners and will begin to make a real difference to the lives of local residents.”
Paula Broadbent, Keepmoat retirement solutions director, added: “We’re delighted that construction is now underway. The Middle Deepdale regeneration project is of great significance for the community of Eastfield, transforming the area for future generations.”
The extra care scheme is being developed in partnership with Keepmoat, Kebbell Homes, North Yorkshire County Council, Scarborough Council, Groundwork North Yorkshire and P+HS Architects.