Neighbours’ crusade to halt housing development

Brian Law and Richard Lane outside the land near Larpool Lane that they are fighting against being built on
Brian Law and Richard Lane outside the land near Larpool Lane that they are fighting against being built on

Two neighbours are going to be pounding the streets over the weekend distributing over 400 newsletters to residents in a bid to fight plans for even more houses near Larpool Lane.

Richard Lane and Bryan Law are trying to encourage residents on the Eskdale Park estate, Larpool Lane, Larpool Crescent, Fairmead and Talbot Court as well as Glen Esk at Ruswarp to make their feelings about plans for almost 180 new houses known to the council.

They have produced the flyer after learning of developer Barratt and David Wilson Homes’ plans to build 179 houses on land at Eskdale Park rather than the 174 originally put forward.

The application for extra units, after making changes to the layout of other plots, is so the development includes 30 per cent affordable housing.

Residents have until 9 November to make comment on the application and it is believed further decisions will be made at a meeting on 17 November although Mr Lane, of Larpool Drive, says the information being given out is sketchy.

He and Mr Law are concerned that if this is given approval by council planners it could lead to more changes in the number of houses being built on the site and once planning permission had been granted it would be difficult to oppose them.

Mr Lane said: “We will flood the houses on Eskdale and Larpool as best we can and we will keep them in touch as to when this meeting will be held.

“Ryedale council turned down a huge development from the same company. It was almost identical in terms of layout and structure and the number of houses. Other councils can see it.

“There are 300 properties for sale on Rightmove in just Whitby town alone, we have a possible development at Sneaton Castle and the town development plan would have to be extended to get that in.

“There is Holly Tree Court and the council depot at Spring Vale - they would suit social housing. They wouldn’t need to build at Larpool - what’s the need?”

•A meeting of Scarborough Borough Council’s planning and development committee is scheduled to take place on Thursday 17 November at 1pm.