Housing estate planned for site owned by nuns

Almost 250 new houses and an 80 bed care home are set to be built in fields off one of the main approaches into Whitby.

York based developers S Harrison are preparing to submit a planning application to the council which will see massive development on the greenfield site at High Stakesby.

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.

A public consultation is being held next month before the outline application is submitted, but Gazette can exclusively reveal details of the scheme that has been drawn up after the developer went back to the drawing board.

It had hoped to build a hospital facility on the site but the idea was shelved after the health authority decided to pursue a scheme within the existing footprint of Whitby Hospital.

New proposals feature 246 properties - a mixture of two, three and four bedroomed houses and 20 bungalows.

Of these, 209 will be managed by Tees Valley Housing Association offering social rent, affordable rent, shared ownership and rent to buy schemes.

The remaining 37 will be offered for sale on the open market.

Each property will have front and back gardens, parking spaces and within the site there will be children’s play areas, woodland walks and pedestrian access around the whole of the 16 acre site.

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.

David Clancey, development director said: “People will say there should be no further development in the town or that any development should be on brownfield sites.

“But there is real demand for local homes for local people and if potash plans go ahead, the demand for new homes will increase significantly. There are simply not enough brownfield sites to meet the demand. This scheme will provide the kind of homes which will help people to get on the housing ladder .

“Any scheme which helps local families to stay in the area is good news for Whitby and we believe the vast majority of local people will support this proposal.

The consultation is at the Coliseum on Wednesday March 5, 3.30pm-7.30pm.

If the scheme is given the go-ahead workmen could be on site this year and the first people moving in next year.