Council plan will see 700 new homes built

Eskdale School’s playing fields have been earmarked for housing development in the borough council’s plan for the next 15 years.

Around 320 homes are set to be built at land opposite Whitby Business Park and council documents reveal that the school fields could form part of a “land swap” agreement for further development beyond that.

The Local Plan, which is going out to public consultation, says: “Investigation into the development of the school playing fields and adjacent football fields as part of a ‘landswap’ is encouraged to free up further land for residential development.”

The first 320 houses will be built on open fields between the school, the main road and the water treatment works.

The Local Plan sets out the council’s future major developments. Government guidelines state that housing should feature heavily.

In addition it is suggested that 250 houses are planned for the area near Sneaton Castle, 40 at land adjacent to Captain Cook Crescent and 10 on land between West Thorpe and the Nurseries.

Sixty new homes are planned on the sites of the borough and county council depots at land off Stakesby Road near the Creamery site.

And, a shake up of how elderly care will be provided in Whitby would see 20 dwellings built under an Extra Care Housing Scheme.

Cllr Derek Bastiman, cabinet member for strategic planning said at this stage it was a draft plan and details were still subject to change.

He added: “The new local plan is important as it will guide developments for the next 15 years.

“As the area continues to move towards economic recovery, the borough will come under increasing pressure to accommodate housing employment and other forms of development.”

Exhibitions will be held in Whitby on Saturday June 14 at the Coliseum, 11am-4pm and Monday July 14 at the Salvation Army, St Peter’s Court, 2.30pm-8pm.