Plan for 24 new homes in Burniston withdrawn before being voted on by councillors

A plan to build 24 new homes behind a village church near Scarborough was withdrawn today before it could be voted on by councillors.

Thursday, 5th December 2019, 2:48 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th December 2019, 2:48 pm

Elaine Carter Brown lodged outline planning permission with Scarborough Council earlier this year for the development in Burniston, on land off Wandales Drive and to the rear of Burniston Methodist Church.

The borough council’s planning committee met today to decide on the plans, with planning officers recommending that the application be refused.

At the start of the committee’s meeting, chairman Eric Broadbent (Lab) told the councillors that the scheme had now been withdrawn by the applicant.

The land in Burniston. Photo: Google

In a report to councillors, the authority’s planning manager David Walker outlined the reasons that it was felt that the plans did not meet the criteria for approval.

Mr Walker wrote: “The applicant has proposed that none of the 24 units are affordable homes. That, in its own right, clearly represents a sustainable reason for refusing planning permission.”

Under the council’s planning policies 30% of the homes should be classed as affordable.

Other reasons for refusal included the loss of a green space that would impact on the amenity of the area, that there were too many homes for the size of the piece of land and that no Section 106 payment, estimated at £81,000, had been offered to provide extra education places that would be needed if the homes were to be built.