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Flats Approved In Grounds Of Large Scarborough House

Hylands House

Published by Alex Taylor at 9:32am 9th November 2018.

A plan to build two blocks of flats in the extensive grounds of a large Scarborough house has been approved.

Despite a number of residents and the town’s civic society objecting members of the borough council’s planning committee yesterday (Thursday 8 November) approved plans for 22 flats in the ground of Hylands House in Filey Road.

Hylands House, a detached home, sits within a normal looking residential street but hides a secret to its rear.

The garden and grounds stretch to cover an area of 7,025M², more than 19 times the average plot size for a house in that area of the town.

The application, from Andrew Ipcrest Developments Ltd, stated that due to this it has become impossible for the homeowner to keep on top of it.

The committee heard from neighbour Pamela Barton, who told them the four-storey buildings would “dominate” the neighbouring” properties.

Scarborough Civic Society, in its written objection, stated:

“This is garden-grabbing and over-development of the site with two blocks of uninspired design.”

Another cause of concern for the residents and some councillors was the increase in traffic. Despite Hylands House sitting in Filey Road the entrance and exit for vehicles to the new flats will be onto Holbeck Hill.

Cllr Eric Broadbent, said the plans created the “best-designed bottleneck” he had seen in all his years on the committee.

He added:

“This road is designed for light traffic if this application goes ahead the road is not designed for the number of cars created by this application.”

Cllr Richard Moody (Lab) said the design would “change the character of the area” and he would have preferred to see an application for two executive-style houses in the grounds.

His point was disputed by Cllr Hazel Lynskey (Con).

She said:

“We talk about street scene [but] there are not two houses alike up there. So how can you compare it and say it will spoil the street scene?”

Cllr David Chance added that he could see no reason to refuse the application.

The plans were approved by nine votes to four. Cllr Lynn Bastiman abstained.

The proposed flats site was formerly the lawn, greenhouse and plant nursery area of the private garden of Hylands House, which was built in the 1920s, though the houses that neighbour it were built much later.

The applicant will provide three, one-bedroom affordable flats in Aberdeen Place as part of the approval.

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