A MAJOR 300-home development in Filey has moved a step closer after tests proved the work would cause no danger to great crested newts in the area.
A report into Coast and Country’s proposed Mill Meadows estate, planned for a 16-hectare site off Muston Road, showed the amphibious species were not present.
The report, from SLR global environmental solutions, said: “The survey found the remnant section of ditch on the eastern boundary was dry and was likely to remain dry expect after prolonged rain.
“During the survey, no great crested newts or amphibian species were found to be present and it is considered there is all reasonable likelihood of absence at this location and a low risk of great crested newts being present in the wider development area.
“A small population of newts were found in the ponds surveyed on Filey Golf Course.
“However, it is considered that there is a very low risk that any animals would move from the high quality habitat on the course to the development site.”
The development, featuring 180 properties for sale on the open market and 120 affordable homes, was passed in February but cannot progress further until a key drainage report proves the area will not flood in the future.