Setback for hotel cottage proposal

A DECISION on whether 46 holiday cottages could be built within the Raithwaite Hall development, which sits in the North York Moors National Park, has been delayed after councillors wanted more details about transport arrangements.

Despite objections to the scheme it had been recommended for approval by Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) planning officers with a list of 18 conditions attached.

But at last Thursday’s planning meeting, councillor’s wanted more information on figures relating to transport in and out of the site at Sandsend, restrictions and speed limits so deferred making a decision.

The Skelwith Group, which is behind the development, had already radically altered its plans after originally wanting to build 69 self catering lodges within the estate but reduced the scale following negotiations with council officers.

A spokesperson for the Skelwith Group said: “We are working closely with the council’s planning officers to iron out and clarify the few remaining issues for the application.

“We have worked closely with them over past months and reduced the number of lodges by a third.

“This development will be an economic boost to the whole area and represents a significant investment.

“These plans will not only create many more jobs, but will also allow us to open up the estate so that more people can enjoy the magnificent setting.”

The estate already consists of a 43 bedroom hotel and spa, six cottages at Home Farm with four more being built, three cottages at the former lodge building at the entrance to the estate, four cottages at the old Woodcutter’s Cottage and the Keep – a 28 bedroomed annexe due for completion in December.

Objections had centred around it being an over-development of the site and the impact upon the national park and the traffic infrastructure but local businesses such as Whitby Golf Club and Whitby Seafish said the hotel was providing a boost to their businesses.

The application also includes the conversion of the old dovecote into an education and conference centre.