Planners give women’s shelter their backing

People battling to stop flats for victims of domestic abuse being built in Newby have been dealt a blow.

The plan for 10 flats at Danes Dyke, submitted by the Home Group, is due to be discussed by Scarborough Council’s planning committee on Thursday and the authority’s officers have recommended the scheme be given approval.

More than 150 people have objected to the plans, a number of them are expected to speak directly to councillors in a bid to convince them to go against the planning expert’s advice.

People living in Danes Dyke and the nearby streets are concerned about the impact it will have on the elderly people living in the road and also that the narrow streets will not cope with the extra traffic and disruption caused during construction.

However, Home Group defended the plans, saying it offered much needed support and sanctuary to women in the area who were victims of abuse.

The planning report that will go before councillors states that: “The occupiers of the building will be more transient and there may be more visiting by social support services, but it is not considered that this in anyway renders the development incompatible with its location in a residential area, nor will harm the amenities of nearby residents.” The police have raised no concerns.