Scheme’s time limit extended by council

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A TIME limit for the start of a Filey housing development has been extended by six months.

The scheme would included ground floor shops and 10 upstairs flats on a site in Station Avenue.

Members of Scarborough Council’s Planning and Development Committee took the decision at a recent meeting.

Derek Green, a planning officer with Scarborough Council, said: “Previously the site had been a rather unattractive garage which was recently demolished.”

He added that Filey Town Council had said it preferred a fully residential plan for the site.

As well as the buildings the scheme would include parking for 11 cars.

The developer behind the scheme is Thompson Homes and it was expected that building work would start within the extended time period.

Jill Low, the council’s planning manager said that permission was for a limited period and advised that councillors would have to consider it as a fresh application if the extension was for longer than six months.

Cllr Jane Mortimer, the committee chairman, agreed and said: “Six months is the limit. If it was any longer than six months it would be a new application.”

Environmental Health officials has said they had no adverse comments to make about the plan because the shop units would not be as food outlets.

They added that comments had been made regarding contaminated land at the site but the situation had been addressed following a satisfactory contaminated land site investigation report.

The original approval for the plan was granted in 2007 and in 2010 permission was granted for a reserved matters application for residential development.

The extended time limit was unanimously approved.