Duchy passes on village blueprint

A view looking east
A view looking east
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GRAND plans to create a “unique opportunity” for the future of Cloughton have been officially unveiled.

The Duchy of Lancaster has submitted outline planning permission to Scarborough Council to build 155 new homes in the village.

Duchy of Lancaster development Cloughton''A view into the village square

Duchy of Lancaster development Cloughton''A view into the village square

The plans also include four work units, a shop and post office, café, doctor’s surgery, pre-school and community space, with the development of a village square and traffic calming measures.

The new properties would be built across the village including the site of Town Farm, which is part of the Duchy estate and would be relocated.

A decision on the proposals is expected in September.

However, the proposals have stoked both unrest and great support from residents.

The Residents of Cloughton Association last year issued concerns over the scheme, claiming it would not give the village - which no longer has any shops following the closure of its post office - any positive amenities.

But Cloughton Parish Council, Cloughton Village Fund and a number of individuals, many of whom signed a petition to Scarborough Council, have backed the development.

Duchy Chief Executive Officer, Paul Clarke, said the plans were an ideal chance for Cloughton to move forward.

He said: “This is a unique opportunity for Cloughton.

“Our position as the historic owner of a number of sites within the village gives us a rare chance to take a long-term view of the future potential, looking at the whole picture rather than relying upon short-term, speculative piecemeal development proposals.”

Mr Clarke acknowledged the strength of resident feedback upon the development and thanked the local community for their contribution, adding he hoped people in the village could make an informed choice on its future.

The plans caused controversy last year after The Duchy sent out a circular outlining proposals to radically change the village.

It stated residents were in unison that the village was in “decline” and that the “fabric” of Cloughton was under threat.

The Residents of Cloughton Association responded with a 17-point complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority, with seven upheld.

However, Mr Clarke countered, adding: “We understand that not everyone shares every aspect of our vision, but genuinely believe that a single, holistic plan capable of delivering a wide range of community benefits is broadly supported.

“We believe the proposals will enhance the village, improving its sustainablility.”

The Duchy has been a part of Cloughton since 1267, when King Henry III reigned.

The Queen visited Duchy properties in Cloughton during her visit to the Scarborough area last year.