A CONTROVERSIAL 300- home development in Filey have moved closer to fruition.
Scarborough Council planning chiefs have recommended the proposals go ahead – if a feasibility study from Yorkshire Water sufficiently allays fears the estate will escalate a flooding risk in the area.
The proposals, from housing association Coast and Country, have caused furore among residents who have been left aghast at the plans to build such a high volume of properties in the town, especially in an area prone to flooding.
The development, which could start in the spring, will go on land off Muston Road opposite Filey School and feature 180 properties for sale on the open market and 120 affordable homes for social rent and shared ownership.
However, furious local residents have slammed the proposals, claiming the company has not provided sufficient details over flood safeguarding in the wake of the major damage which hit the town in 2007.
And Filey Cllr Sam Cross has argued the plans are simply not a sensible option for Filey.
He added: “It is just not sensible for Filey.
“The drainage is the main problem because there is no detailed plan from Yorkshire Water and that is the biggest concern.”
The feasibility study is expected to be submitted on Monday.
Under the current plans, surface water would be drained down Martins Ravine and into a separate outfall on the beach.
Foul water would feed into the existing system which runs under the Seadale estate, though the plans include an extra on-site pumping station and upgraded system to cope with the extra demand.
The theory is that the work will create a net reduction of water in the current system because it will channel surface water – currently able to filter into the existing foul system – into an underground storage tank – before releasing it later.
However, residents have revealed they still remain unconvinced and have also spoken of significant worries over a saturation of housing in the town and increased traffic congestion which would place great strain on Filey’s resources.
The proposals are due to be discussed by members of Filey Flood Working Group and the Planning Committee on Monday evening.
Scarborough Council’s Planning and Development Committee are set to be debate the matter on Thursday.
In a report from Jill Low, Scarborough Council’s Planning Manager, the proposals were described as “acceptable” for Filey, but attached 32 clauses that must be satisfied before the commencement of any potential work.
She said: “Filey, like most other parts of the borough, has a severe affordable housing shortage.
“The current number of social rented homes in Filey is around 350, which amounts to approximately 12 per cent of the total housing stock in the town.
“Since 2007, no new affordable homes have been built in Filey, this is a very
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low turnover within the current social rented housing stock and the figures obviously go nowhere to meeting the current need and demand.
“However, drainage remains a key issue with regard to the provision of this development and it is imperative that it does not increase the risk of flooding in Filey.”
The development includes a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom properties, with a public open space, a shop and fitness trail also on the agenda.
Original outline plans for the site were submitted by NJW Developments but Scarborough Council denied permission three years ago.
However, the decision was overturned by a planning inspector who imposed a number of strict amendments, including drainage and sewage measure that have to cope with a one-in-100 year storm event, with a 20 per cent allowance for climate change.
Cllr Mike Cockerill, who is chairman of the Filey Stakeholders Group, has previously admitted to great scepticism over the plans, but said with outline planning permission in place for the site he had turned his attentions to getting the utmost benefit for Filey.
He added: “Filey does not need 300 new homes.
“But it is imperative that we get the best we can from this development for the town in the future.”