Up to 10,000 homes needed in Scarborough

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Planners say nearly 10,000 more homes will be needed in the Scarborough area over the next fifteen years as council chiefs prepare to consult on draft plans which will shape future development.

It is proposed that a site south of Cayton, in Scarborough, could provide over 2,000 homes, together with an alternative link road to the south of the area and new parks and sports facilities.

Council bosses say as the borough recovers from the economic slump the area will come under increasing pressure to accommodate housing as well as sites suitable for business and other development. Over ten weeks, from Friday, Scarborough Borough Council is seeking views on its draft local plan.

The Government has made the delivery of housing a top priority and the plan identifies the scale and distribution required in the borough. It proposes providing sites for around 9,200 new homes for the period up to 2030, together with sites for industrial development, town centre regeneration schemes and additional open space, and sports facilities.

Following the consultation, the results will be used to help further shape the policies and identify development sites prior to the plan being sent to the Government for an independent examination by a planning inspector.

Coun Derek Bastiman, the council’s cabinet member for strategic planning and regeneration said: “The new local plan is important as it will guide development for the next 15 years.

“As the area continues to move towards economic recovery, the borough will come under increasing pressure to accommodate housing, employment and other forms of development. Having a new local plan in place is critical to allow decisions to be made based on up to date policy and to provide certainty for both residents and developers as to where development is most likely to happen.

“At this stage the plan is in draft form and any sites contained within it are not formal allocations. This does not necessarily mean they will be included in the final version of the plan, or developed.”

Steve Wilson, council forward planning manager added: “As the borough has to find a substantial number of sites for new homes, the plan proposes a strategic growth area located to the south of Cayton in Scarborough.

“The large site could provide upwards of 2,000 new homes in addition to wider benefits to existing and future residents including an alternative link road to the south of the town, new neighbourhood parks and sports provision, sustainable links to Scarborough Business Park and a new community hub (this could include a pub, shop, new school and community facility).”

The draft plan can be viewed at scarborough.objective.co.uk/portal or on the council’s website scarborough.gov.uk/localplan. Paper copies are available from the borough council’s offices and local libraries. Residents can also follow updates on Twitter @SBCLocalPlan