Helredale houses to be done by 2015

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A YORKSHIRE Coast Homes boss says a controversial housing development on the east side of town is set to be completed within the next three years.

Speaking to the Whitby Gazette about plans to build 105 houses across two sites off Helredale Road and St Peter’s Road, Bill Miller, director of operations, said the rules that go with the funding state all works have to be done by 2015.

He said the ongoing legal row between Scarborough Borough Council and local residents over whether the Helredale site can be classed as a village green is nothing to do with YCH.

Mr Miller said: “As part of the Homes and Communities Agency bid for 2011 and 2015 we have an agreement where it has to be completed by 2015 - all of it.

“That is part of a four year National Affordable Housing programme but the start date is dependent on various factors which are out of our control.”

Mr Miller said while the bid by residents to stop building on Helredale playing fields was impacting the project, preparation works are being carried out.

He added: “YCH obviously don’t have any impact on that because the process is being undertaken with North Yorkshire County Council and SBC.

“From YCH’s perspective we are obviously keen to start but we have always maintained that until we have got the legal clearance it would be remiss to undertake any works.”

Mr Miller said ground work was still being done and YCH is working with contractors and design teams so that as soon as the legal issues are sorted they can be on site.

The first phase will be 77 homes on the Helredale Road site, so residents in flats on St Peter’s Road - earmarked for demolition - can be re-housed there and moved back when the St Peter’s phase (28 properties) is completed.

Fourteen of the 105 homes will now be offered for sale and marketed by an independent agent.

My Miller added: “We are looking forward to tackling the severe affordable housing shortage in Whitby.

“Eighty-four new affordable units are needed per year and through our choice-based lettings scheme we are getting a phenomenal interest in the houses that become available.

“There is something like 52 bids for each YCH in the Whitby area and these are coming from all walks of life.”