Major housing scheme at Broomfield Farm, Whitby, set to be given green light

A major scheme to build 290 new homes in Whitby is set to be given the go-ahead later this week.

Tuesday, 10th November 2020, 9:17 am
Photo from the air of Broomfield Farm site.

Property firm Keyland Developments wants to transform the 23-acre site at Broomfield Farm into a housing development in a move that could create 800 jobs.

Scarborough Council’s planning committee will meet on Thursday when they will be asked to give the hybrid application the green light.

The vacant site covered by the application sits close to Stainsacre Lane – between Whitby and Scarborough, Eskdale Park and Whitby Business Park.

The greenfield land is located next to Yorkshire Water’s operational sewage treatment works.

Keyland Developments is a sister company of Yorkshire Water.

Originally the neighbouring Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary and a local farmer had both also opposed the plans but have now withdrawn their objections after the developer agreed to make changes to the proposals.

Whitby Civic Society, while not formally objecting, has written a letter to Scarborough Council asking for more affordable homes to be part of the plans.

The application would see 30% of the homes classed as affordable, with the civic society preferring a 40% target.

Whitby Town Council has objected as it fears the site is too close to the sewage plant saying it is an “inappropriate development”.

The new development would “cater for different housing providers” Keyland says, including “self and custom build, community land trust housing, later living housing, small to medium-sized housebuilders and volume housing builders”.

Scarborough Council planning officers have recommended the scheme be approved when the authority’s planning committee meets on Thursday.

A message from the editor

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the highest standards in the world.

The dramatic events of 2020 are having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers and consequently the advertising that we receive.

We are now more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news by buying a copy of our newspaper.

Thank you,

Jean MacQuarrie, Editor-in-Chief