Holmstead to feature in housing development

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A WELL known and substantial family home in Whitby that has stood empty for years is going to be refurbished as part of plans to build new houses in the town.

Holmstead is a property on land adjacent to Stainsacre Lane and sits in around 800 square metres.

An application for planning permission to build four, three bedroomed terraced houses in the area was submitted to Scarborough Borough Council earlier this month by J M Miller who is being represented by local agent Neil Duffield at BHD Partnership on Waterstead Lane.

Included within the proposals are plans to do up Holmstead, separate it from the new builds with a two metre high wooden fence and for it to continue as a private residence once again.

The new houses are said to be aimed at new and young families looking to get on the housing ladder or move on from single bedroomed accommodation.

They will be accessed from Mount Farm Close and 20 per cent of the energy requirements for the homes will be via renewable energy sources,

A statement prepared by the agent says: “The character and appearance of the proposal easily matches that of the surround[sic] area with the design close[sic] matching the massing and function of adjacent similar house[sic].

“Mount Farm Close with its adjacent turning head provides easy and practicular vehicle access to the street, with all mains services in this road available. Also on Mount Farm Close is the local shop, a general convenience store which will help increase trade and therefore improve sustainability for the benefit of the whole area.”

The statement adds that the impact of the proposed houses “is significantly less” than would normally be expected in that area due to the orientation of the new dwellings.