Opening of new flats

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RESIDENTS are getting ready to move into their new homes as a Scarborough sheltered housing scheme nears completion.

The controversial development involves the existing site at Sandybed Court being knocked down and replaced with 10 three-bedroom and six four-bedroom houses.

The plans also include replacement of the existing flats with new dwellings in the form of three and two-storey flats and bungalows.

Scarborough mayor Hazel Lynskey is due to officially open the new homes today.

Yorkshire Coast Homes allowed residents to choose which flat they wanted, as well as their own cupboard doors, kitchen tiles and bathroom style.

However, the project has come in for criticism from some people who claim the area, which has a large proportion of elderly residents, is not the right place to build family homes.

The full plans call for 31 two-bedroom flats and five bungalows as well as the houses, with the whole scheme set for completion by October this year. The work is part of wider plans to provide 131 affordable homes across the borough.