Work underway on block of ten modern flats on Scalby Road in Scarborough

Work is underway on the construction of a new block of flats in Scarborough.

Monday, 3rd February 2020, 12:29 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd February 2020, 12:30 pm

In 2018, Scarborough councillors backed the plans for a 21st Century block of flats on Scalby Road in Scarborough despite several objections.

Fernhill Developments Ltd, applied to Scarborough Council in 2018 to provide 10 flats – two one-bedroom and eight-two bedroom apartments – in a new building on the former Nat West Bank car park site at the corner of Scalby Road and Hackness Road, next to Hackness Road Surgery.

Cranes are now on the site and the metal frame of the building has begun to take shape.

The building site on the corner of Hackness Road and Scalby Road in Scarborough. Picture: JPI Media/ Richard Ponter

The proposed three-storey building caused a stir in the local area due to its unique appearance.

The planning application said the building will be architecturally distinctive - made up of a tiered series of boxes with exterior covered with copper type cladding, silicone render in a “champagne” colour, mahogany coloured timber effect cladding and natural slate.

Objectors to the proposals included Scalby and Newby Parish Council which said the design would not enhance local character or distinctiveness, the materials were too unconventional and the building would be “totally alien in character."

The parish council was also concerned that the flats would be "just 75 feet" from a listed building.

The building site on the corner of Hackness Road and Scalby Road in Scarborough. Picture: JPI Media/ Richard Ponter

However, Scarborough councillors disagreed and unanimously approved the plans in October 2018 when Cllr David Chance (Con) said: "I think this will be a signature building on a prominent site.

"The fact it is not like other properties is irrelevant. It will become a landmark building."

The building site on the corner of Hackness Road and Scalby Road in Scarborough. Picture: JPI Media/ Richard Ponter
The building site on the corner of Hackness Road and Scalby Road in Scarborough. Picture: JPI Media/ Richard Ponter