Town will still sparkle without lemonade factory

Ian Storer outside Hoggarths  w133213
Ian Storer outside Hoggarths w133213

A property developer has received the backing of councillors to demolish a former Whitby lemonade factory and build houses in its place.

The derelict Hoggarth’s factory at Spital Bridge, has long been seen as an eyesore in the town, but soon it will be replaced by a pair of three-storey town houses.

Buildings to the rear of the factory will also be demolished where a further four terraced houses will be built.

Developer Open Aspect Property Solutions, of West Yorkshire was knocked back with an earlier version of plans for the development, partly because the proposed dwellings overlooked existing neighboring properties.

But the new amended version was approved, subject to conditions, by Scarborough Borough Council at its latest Planning and Development Committee meeting. Amendments include reducing the number of houses by one and increasing the distance between new and existing properties. There will also be more car parking spaces.

Cllr John Blackburn told the meeting: “I think the developers want congratulating for taking this on because it is such a big job. It’s on a hell of a slope and it’s a right mess.

“I just think it will be brilliant when it’s finished and it will be such an improvement.”

Cllr Dorothy Clegg said the site had become a “blight on the town,” and said she would be “heartily glad” to see the development implemented .