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Concerns Over Plans For 320 New Homes In Whitby

Concerns Over Plans For 320 New Homes In Whitby

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 10:01am 5th May 2020. (Updated at 11:13am 5th May 2020)

A number of comments and concerns have been raised about a  major scheme to build 320 new homes in Whitby.

Property firm Keyland Developments wants to transform the 23-acre site at Broomfield Farm into a housing development in a move that could create 800 jobs.

The vacant site sits close to Stainsacre Lane – between Whitby and Scarborough, Eskdale Park and Whitby Business Park.

Whitby Civic Society, while not formally objecting, has written a letter to Scarborough Council outlining some areas of concern it has.

Its letter stated:

“While we accept the need for new housing in the town, we would like to see far greater provision for affordable housing, ideally aimed at local residents rather than second homes or holiday lets; and we urge the borough council to treat the development as an opportunity to create a model inclusive ‘Green Village’ that will be a national example of sustainable design.”

The application would see 30% of the homes classed as affordable, with the civic society preferring a 40% target.

The greenfield site is located next to Yorkshire Water’s operational sewage treatment works. Keyland Developments is a sister company of Yorkshire Water.

Whitby Town Council has objected as it fears the site is too close to the sewage plant saying it is an “inappropriate development”.

Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary and a local farmer have both also opposed the plans.

The new development will “cater for different housing providers” Keyland says, including “self and custom build, community land trust housing, later living housing, small to medium-sized housebuilders and volume housing builders”.

The application site has been split into four distinct development sections and the masterplan allows for apartments, bungalows, terraced houses, townhouses, semi-detached houses and detached houses, with the primary focus being the provision of three and four-bedroom properties to cater for local needs.

When the plans were revealed earlier this year,  Luke Axe, strategic land and planning manager at Keyland Developments, said that Broomfield Farm was an example of a new approach to homebuilding.

He added:

“Supporting the local economic and housing requirements whilst being sensitive to the site’s setting has been our priority whilst devising the masterplan for this strategic site.

As a major landowner in the region, we see it as our responsibility to take the lead in diversifying the current housing offer, catering more appropriately to the full spectrum of demographic need.”

The hybrid planning application is now out to public consultation.


There are 4 comments on this page.

zara, on 5th May 2020 1:47pm
So its all for good charitable reasons then! Not just to make money! I live near a yorkshire water treatment plant (built long after we moved here) i can tell you that despite all the promises they do smell (usually in the summer months when you want your windows open or sit in the garden and there is often a high pitched whining noise which can get really annoying. Initially it was difficult getting them to acknowledge there was a problem but it has improved over the years, when we phone in it is usually sorted fairly quickly.
Ian Lawson, on 5th May 2020 6:26pm
If Keyland Developments are serious about "supporting the local economic and housing requirements" I hope that they stipulate that developers must build accessible and adaptable homes that Whitby desperately needs. Far far too many families with at least one disabled member, are on the social housing waiting list in this area. As for social housing homes suitable for wheelchair users they are almost non existent.
Lucylastik, on 6th May 2020 11:46pm
While I understand the need for housing development, especially in light of new jobs coming from the potash plant, you can't jeopardise people's health to save money.

Surely the coronavirus has taught us that much?
Luke clarkson, on 9th May 2020 10:48am
How quickly does the council want to push new developments into the town? The services of the town cannot cope , the roads, schools, police, hospital etc etc are not exactly satisfactory for the size the town is becoming very quickly, not to mention the face that its ruining the character of the town, pushing out the locals and most of the companies used for the work for these developments are large and not local firms from other districts. No matter what they say its to line somebodies pockets thats for sure, rather than the towns best interests , have you ever been into the centre of town on a busy summers day, endless streams of cars going apsolutley nowhere. You cant even park in town to get something or do a job without getting a ticket or a place to park as it is town cant cope its old fashioned and thats how it should be. Constantly coming up with ways to ruin this town, and not keep up the actual local landmarks that are falling to pieces, finally repaired the piers after many many years of waiting and sqaundering the money elsewhere. 😂👍

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