Construction to begin on High Stakesby homes

The Switchbacks are to have 196 houses built.
The Switchbacks are to have 196 houses built.

Work will begin this summer on 190 new homes at High Stakesby.

Scarborough Council’s planning and development committee on Thursday granted permission for S Harrison and Tees Valley Housing to progress with the plans at Sneaton Castle.

A mixture of two, three and four bedroom houses will be built, with half of the 190 being classed as ‘affordable’.

However, the plans were not met with unanimous approval by the councillors, with one Whitby resident urging the committee to reconsider.

Selice Beck said that homes classed as affordable are only sold at 80 per cent of market value, meaning they would be out of reach to the young people of the town.

She said: “These are not affordable homes that people of my generation will be able to afford, where are the one-bedroom houses that would let people get onto the property ladder?

“There is a feeling in town that these homes are not for the people of Whitby but are instead homes for incoming Potash workers on big wages.

“My friends have told me that it is pointless coming here [to the meeting] as you will not listen to us, please prove them wrong.”

Whitby Cllr David Chance gave a lengthy speech urging the committee to reject, what he called, “this daft proposal”.

Cllr Hazel Lynskey said she would not have voted for the scheme if she’d been on the committee at the time of its approval but added there was no planning reason to refuse the latest submission.

The committee was told that priority would be give to people living in the town, with Whitby having one of the highest housing waiting lists in the county.

The vote was 14 in favour of the plans to three against.

Gavin Douglas, design manager at S Harrison, said: “The council has recognised that there is a real shortage or new homes in the area. Partnering with Thirteen ensures that the development will deliver the ideal mix of homes that will meet local housing requirements and also help local people to get onto the housing ladder.”

Work will start in late summer.