York & North Yorkshire

Plan submitted for 1,300 new homes in Scarborough

A planning application for 1,300 new homes has been submitted to Scarborough Borough Council.

If approved, construction on the site in the Eastfield area could start in spring 2012.

It is the largest proposed residential development in North Yorkshire and will take up to 15 years to complete.

Some local residents have expressed concerns over the size of the project and the length of time it will take to build.

As well as housing, the development will include a school, a new link road and bridge.

Mix of housing

Strategic director of Scarborough Borough Council, David Archer, said the development would address the town's future housing needs.

He said: "The scheme will provide a mix of private and social housing. There is an assessed need for affordable family housing and housing for older, vulnerable people."

The project, named Middle Deepdale, was first announced in 1999. The scheme is a partnership between Scarborough Council and private developers.

Some residents whose homes are adjacent to the proposed site said they feared that the development would affect their privacy.

Margaret Lister, who has lived in her bungalow for more than 40 years, said: "We've had a wall built to try and give us a little bit of privacy at the back here.

"If there are going to be houses, then houses are still going to overlook us."

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