COUNCILLORS have agreed to sell off the Stakesby Road depot to the highest bidder and release the site for housing.
It is being marketed along with the nursery at Holly Tree Court and an adjacent depot which was being used by North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC).
Around £800, 000 of the money Scarborough Borough Council generated from the sale will be used to fund a new depot site at the Cholmley Way Industrial Estate on the outskirts of town to be run in conjunction with NYCC.
NYCC have already set up a highways depot there after purchasing land three years ago from SBC at a cost of £262,476.
In return SBC is planning to lease some office buildings on a 25 year lease and with an initial payment of £68,000 and on going payments of a peppercorn rent.
It is hoped any future sale of Stakesby Road depot will generate capital funding and money for development of the new SBC depot, enable joined up working between the two authorities and provide a development where 40 per cent of the houses will be ‘affordable’.
A council report suggests there will be 79 homes on the site which is over two acres and that 32 properties will be affordable.
The report adds that the existing depot and nursery no longer meet the requirements of the council.
It added: “Having vacated its existing depot, which is situated adjoining the borough council’s current depot the NYCC had engaged Bruton Knowels to market the site for redevelopment for housing purposes.
“The opportunity therefore arose for the borough council to enter into a joint marketing campaign to offer its own depot and nursery site at Holly Tree Court in order to achieve maximum market exposure and ensure the best capital receipt.”