Local homes for local people get the go ahead in Whitby

A new development to provide vital new homes in Whitby has been given the green light by Scarborough Borough Council.

22 Apr 2016

The plans, which will provide 190 much-needed new houses on land at High Stakesby on the Western edge of the town, will give more local people the chance to get onto the property ladder.

There will be green amenity space with a children’s play area, a pedestrian link through the site and two new access points from Castle Road and High Stakesby Road.

A mix of two, three and four bedroom homes, all with gardens, as well as a number of bungalows will be included in the well-designed, sustainable development. Through the use of more affordable options, the developers in the partnership, S Harrison and Thirteen, hope to help those who would otherwise struggle to buy their home the chance to get onto the property ladder.

Buyers will have the option of shared ownership, which gives people the chance to buy a 50% share and rent the rest until they afford to buy more.

The developers will also provide a range of homes for outright sale and rent, bringing a full range of options to help meet Whitby’s critical housing requirements.

Gavin Douglas, design manager at S Harrison, said: “The council has recognised that there is a real shortage or new homes in the area. Partnering with Thirteen ensures that the development will deliver the ideal mix of homes that will meet local housing requirements and also help local people to get onto the housing ladder."

Work will take three years to complete. It is estimated that 200 new construction jobs, including apprenticeships, will be created in the area as a result of the development. The homes are part of a scheme that also includes a two-storey care home on the north east corner of the 6.5 hectare (16 acre) site which is close to public transport links and has its own dedicated entrance.

The land is owned by the Order of the Holy Paraclete, based at Sneaton Castle.

Martin Hawthorne, Director of Development and Regeneration at Thirteen, said: “We are really passionate about building quality homes and have a proven track record in delivering well-balanced schemes that enable communities to thrive.

“These homes will appeal to people who are looking to buy outright or as part of a shared ownership scheme as well as those wanting to rent.

“The design of the homes will appeal to everyone and we are confident that residents here will take great pride in welcoming people to the development as it becomes an established part of the local community.”