New lease of life for former clinic

08/10/10 Filey'Hunmanby clinic which has been closed without warning by the Primary Care Trust..'104058a
08/10/10 Filey'Hunmanby clinic which has been closed without warning by the Primary Care Trust..'104058a
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A FORMER Hunmanby clinic has received a new lease of life – despite the proposals causing a “flashpoint” among upset residents.

Scarborough Council planning chiefs have approved plans to convert the clinic, in Hungate Lane, into a three-bedroom house.

The building will also feature two front dormer extensions and a new garage.

However, the development of the clinic, which closed last year, brought the ire of some residents who criticised the change of use for increasing parking problems and were also upset at a new access route into Veterinary Close.

A report from Scarborough Council’s planning department said the changes were now acceptable after previous submissions were withdrawn.

It said: “The application has attracted a great deal of attention and a number of minor flashpoints have raised anger of local residents.

“The applicants mistakenly thought that the property enjoyed permitted development rights, which was not the case.

“Other works have been carried out during the lifespan of the applications including a new access and the erection of fencing surrounding the property.

“However, the proposal is now in a form that respects the building and the character of the area, with modest front dormers, bolstered by rooflights to allow natural light into the first floor of the building.

“The garage is relatively modest, albeit an irregular shape due to the constraints of the site, but will not cause material harm to residents or the streetscene.”

The plans were passed on the proviso that access into Hungate Lane will be permanently closed off and made inaccessible for vehicles, with the boundary fence also being lowered by one metre.

The former practice closed suddenly sparking waves of protest from residents leaving scores of regular users having to travel to alternative sites or visit the doctors’ surgery.

It provided services from weekly baby clinics to podiatry for diabetics.