Raithwaite cottages plan given go-ahead

WORK on the next phase of development at Raithwaite Hall Hotel in Sandsend is set to get under way after planners agreed to give it the go-ahead.

The application for 46 luxury cottages and a new education centre from the Skelwith Group, which owns the hotel, had previously been deferred after Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) wanted more information on traffic and access in and out of the site.

Architect Brewster Bye designed the cottages, which will be a mix of contemporary and traditional design. They will have sustainable features and be of the highest ecological standards.

The education centre will be used by local schools and organisations to learn about the wildlife and natural habitat on the estate.

It’s expected that work will start shortly on site.

Paul Ellis, Managing Director of Skelwith Leisure, said the firm had worked hard with the council to make sure the plans were in keeping with the area.

He said: “The new cottages will complement the existing hotel and also the Keep building that will open next spring.

“The approval will allow us to offer a wide range of accommodation throughout the Raithwaite Estate and help to provide an economic boost for Sandsend, Whitby and beyond.

“The hotel has been tremendously successful since we opened and is testament to both the tourism industry in the area and also our fantastic staff.

“This is a further major investment for us into the estate and we have very high hopes for the future.”

Mr Ellis added he thought the cottages would enable people to stay longer at Raithwaite and in the area giving a boost to other attractions and businesses in the area.

The Keep development is also currently under contsruction in the area before the hotel.

It will have another 28 bedrooms, kenneling and pet facilities and an outdoor activity hub and is due to open in spring next year.