Eskdale housing plan set to be approved

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A new 15 acre housing estate near Eskdale Park is set to be given the go-ahead by council planners.

An application for 179 homes from Barratt & David Wilson Homes has been recommended for approval by planning officers at Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) but the final say so will rest with councillors at a meeting on Thursday.

It is a blow for residents of Eskdale Park and the Larpool area who have campaigned against the plans.

Objector Richard Lane of Larpool Drive said: “We will just have to go up there on the day and put the case forward.

“I am not at all surprised it has been recommended after the conversations I have had. SBC has allowed themselves months to talk to a developer and we get three minutes at a planning committee. “They are all for it and always have been. We have been saying to people ring, write or put something in over the last couple of weeks.”

Forty-seven letters of objection have been submitted by members of the public with just one in support.

They expressed concerns about the extra traffic the development would generate around Kingfisher Drive, Muncaster Way, Larpool Lane and Glen Esk Road as well as around Eskdale School.

Residents are also worried about the impact the development will have on existing homes, extra noise and anti-social behaviour and that the proposed properties don’t meet the housing needs in Whitby.

In a report SBC says the development would only generate 15-20 more vehicles during the peak weekday morning hour and is appropriate and in line with the council’s current policy for housing.

It adds 54 affordable dwellings “will be a welcome addition in an area of severe affordable housing shortage and high housing need.”

Should planning permission be confirmed at Thursday’s meeting Barratts and David Wilson will be liable to pay £323,624 towards off site open space, £150,000 towards the A171/174 Mayfield Road junction improvement scheme and a total of £50,000 towards travel plans.