The new Local Plan for the Borough of Scarborough has reached the final stage of production and on Friday 6 November, Scarborough Borough Council will publish the plan for residents and other interested parties to read and comment on for the last time.
The period for formal representations will run for six weeks until 12pm, Friday 18 December. The process provides an opportunity to comment on planning policies and the location of development across the borough up to 2032. The plan has been years in the making and has previously been influenced by the public during numerous development stages.
The Government continues to make the delivery of housing its top priority and the plan identifies the scale and distribution of new homes required in the borough. It proposes to accommodate over 9500 new homes during the period up to 2032, together with opportunities for industrial development, town centre regeneration schemes and additional open space, recreational and sporting provision.
The plan and the comments the council receives will subsequently be submitted to the Government for review by an appointed Planning Inspector in 2016, who will hold an Examination in Public. If accepted, the council will then be able to formally adopt the plan and start using it to shape future development within the borough.
Cllr Derek Bastiman, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council said:
“I congratulate councillors and officers on their hard work in producing such an important document that will shape development within the borough for many years. It is of huge importance not only to drive forward our economic growth aspirations but also to ensure that we are consciously shaping our communities rather than being developer lead.”
Cllr Joe Plant, the council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transformation added:
“The new Local Plan is important as it will guide development until 2032. The area is moving further into economic recovery and the borough is coming under increasing pressure to accommodate higher levels of housing. Adopting a new plan is critical to allow planning decisions to be made based on up to date policy and to provide certainty for both residents and developers as to where development is most likely to happen. It will ensure that developers bring forward the best and most appropriate sites.”
Steve Wilson, the council’s Forward Planning Manager said:
“The Local Plan is the culmination of many years working with councillors and the community to deliver a plan that will achieve the growth required by the borough for the next 15 years and beyond. The Government remains committed to delivering a growth in housing delivery and the plan balances the need to provide homes with its impact on the green areas in and around the borough and the constraints of its infrastructure.”
“The plan retains proposals for a growth area to the south of Cayton. The large site could accommodate around 2500 new homes in addition to wider benefits to existing and future residents including an alternative link road to the south of Scarborough, new parks and increased sports provision, sustainable links to the business park at Eastfield and a new community hub. This development could also benefit the existing providers of services in both Cayton and Eastfield through a greater number of residents to support existing and new services.”
“New housing developments continue to attract both local and national headlines, however the plan covers many other issues and seeks to ensure that proper consideration is given to the area’s natural, historic and cultural assets. The plan also sets out policy on a wide range of matters including renewable energy, improving facilities for residents and visitors, ensuring better quality design of new development and the protection of local amenity.”
The plan can be viewed at scarborough.gov.uk/localplan or scarborough.objective.co.uk/portal
Copies are available from Customer First centres and local libraries throughout the borough as well as the council’s Forward Planning team – email: email@example.com tel: 01723 232480.
A programme of drop-in sessions has been organised to provide people with an opportunity to speak to council officers about the process of making formal comments on the plan:
Whitby Tourist Information Centre: Tuesday 24 November, 10.00am to 4.00pmTown Hall, Scarborough: Thursday 26 November, 10.00am to 4.00pmFiley Evron Centre: Tuesday 1 December, 10.00am to 4.00pm