Officers urge yes vote for 240 new homes

w1432100x   Ariel views of Whitby, shot from a helicopter flying for Whitby Regatta weekend. Picture by Andrew Higgins  09/08/14

w1432100x Ariel views of Whitby, shot from a helicopter flying for Whitby Regatta weekend. Picture by Andrew Higgins 09/08/14

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Borough council planning officers are recommending that permission be granted for more than 200 homes to built at High Stakesby.

A report, which will go before Scarborough Council’s planning and development committee on Thursday, recommends that outline planning permission for the 246 homes and 80-bed care home, be approved by councillors.

York-based developers S Harrison submitted the planning application to the council which will see massive development on the greenfield site at Sneaton Castle Farm.

It is the latest in a series of proposals put forward for the site over recent years, which belongs to the sisters from the Order of the Holy Paraclete, based at Sneaton Castle.

The plans are for a mixture of two, three and four bedroom houses and 21 bungalows.

Around 200 of these will be managed by Tees Valley Housing Association offering social rent, affordable rent, shared ownership and rent to buy schemes.

The remaining homes will be offered for sale on the open market.

Access to the site was originally opposite Runswick Avenue but after consultation with planners it will be slightly offset and a second access point off Castle Road.

More than 360 objections to the scheme have been submitted to the council.

Objections include: “Whitby does not need any more houses”, “the inclusion of Tees Valley Housing Association would result in families outside of Whitby relocating in Whitby,” and “Why can’t this type of development take place in Scarborough rather than Whitby?”

MP Robert Goodwill has sent a representation saying he ‘understands the concern of local people’ but stops short of objecting to the proposals. Local borough councillors Jane Kenyon-Miller and David Chance have both written to oppose the application.