Former home site is earmarked for flats

PLANS have been submitted to knock down a former residential care home in Scarborough Road, Filey, and replace it with 14 flats.

Approval had already been granted to convert the former Grovehill House to 12 apartments, but new plans by Yorkshire Coast Developments leave just the existing frontage with its water feature, trees and landscaping.

The private care home, which was registered for 12 elderly residents but had only four left when it closed in August 2004, was owned by Gerald Dale, of Gristhorpe.

Mr Dale, a founder member and former chairman of North Yorkshire Care Homes Association, said they had struggled with a fall in the number of residents combined with increasing costs. The building was created as a private dwelling in 1975.

One of the directors of the company behind the new plans, Darran Gibson, of David Gibson Developments, recently completed the shoreline redevelopment of Filey's Crescent Hill House, which has been well received. The other two partners are Neil Rushworth and Peter Grayson.

A spokeswoman for the West Yorkshire-based developers said they were keen to work with the planning authorities and other interested parties to ensure the scheme met with the approval of all concerned.

She said: "The directors of the newly-formed company have a wealth of experience, having been in the building and property market for many years, working mainly through the Yorkshire region."

The scheme would include a mixture of two and three bedroom flats over two storeys and a roof-space floor, with on-site parking, access from the existing driveway and internal access from an inner courtyard.

Filey Town Council's planning committee will be discussing the application on Monday before it is submitted to borough councillors to make a decision. Planning officers have yet to make a recommendation on the scheme.