More than 100 much-anticipated new homes will soon be ready at Whitby’s Helredale Gardens development.
A total of 105 new homes will be released on the development, with 91 being made available for affordable rent to local residents under the terms of a local lettings policy.
Yorkshire Coast Homes, who are managing the properties, have confirmed that this has been established already with the borough council.
The remaining 14 homes will be made available for outright sale, with purchase options again being targeted towards local residents, say the housing organisation.
Across that site and the one at St Peter’s Road, where dated blocks of flats are making way for modern housing, there will be a mixture of 37 two-bedroom houses, 16 three-bedroom houses, 33 two-bedroom flats, 18 one-bedroom flats and a two-bedroom bungalow.
Shaun Tymon, Yorkshire Coast Homes’ chief executive, said: “We have long been aware of the impact that a shortage of affordable housing has had upon the Whitby community and we are very pleased that we are about to see local people moving into the first release of our new homes at Helredale Gardens. “
Properties for sale will be with Bridgeford’s estate agents while houses for rent will be available through the Home Choice scheme.
There are on average at least 35 bids for each property that becomes available for rent through this scheme in the Whitby area.
Yorkshire Coast Homes, say that despite fears locals would not get priority, this is not the case.
A spokesperson added: “This policy is in place to ensure that households with a local connection to Whitby, and who have a recognised housing need, will be prioritised over households with no local connection to the Whitby area.” Work on the project started in September last year after a bitter legal battle where a group of residents took a campaign eventually to the Supreme Court in London.
They argued that the land being built on was used by residents for enjoyment over the last 20 years, but the crucial question was had it been “by right” or “as of right”.
Judges ruled it was “by right”. Otherwise it would have been considered for village green status.