Action plan to create more jobs for town

An action plan which could see 2000 jobs created in the one-time unemployment blackspot of Whitby by 2026, is being recommended to get approval by the planning authorities.

The 34 page plan to expand Whitby Business Park, on the edge of town, has been jointly produced by the borough council and the North York Moors National Park, says Sarah Housden, the park’s policy manager.

In a report to the park planning committee, Mrs Housden says 14 hectares of land are earmarked to expand the park together with improvements to its highway layout. It is also planed to enhance and improve the existing environment on the park, which has “developed in a piecemeal and uncordinated manner”.

Mrs Housden said: “The expansion of the park is an important step in providing serviced employed land in Whitby. It is an important service and employment centre for rural communities in the park and the expansion of will help to strengthen and diversify Whitby’s economy.”

The plan has been produced by the two authorities because the park straggles both their planning areas.

Whitby is in line to become the on-shore base of a major wind farm 100 miles out to sea over the next few years, together with the multi- billion planned development of a potash mine at Sneaton.

The action plans says further sites for development of the park have been allocated. “One of the main objectives is to improve the existing infrastructure at the business park to provide serviced land for new businesses.

But the report emphasises developments should “ensure they do not harm the history setting of the town, Whitby Abbey or the setting of the National Park.”

Land has also been allocated in the extension to provide a new hotel and pub. The park’s planning committee will be told the overall objective of the new scheme is to make the park more attractive, boost Whitby as an employment centre and to provide more diverse employment.