Vision for Cloughton submitted

Cloughton village

The Duchy of Lancaster’s vision for the future of Cloughton has now been submitted to Scarborough Borough Council in the form of an outline planning application.

The application, which has been the subject of ongoing consultation since 2008, details a ‘proposed masterplan’ for Cloughton which includes: 155 new homes (including affordable units), 4 live/work units, a shop/post office, café, doctor’s surgery, pre-school and community space. The ‘masterplan’ concept also suggests the refocusing of the village around a central community hub/village square, new public open space and allotments, and traffic calming measures along the main road through the centre of the village.

A team of more than 15 expert consultants have worked on the proposals which are intended to improve the long-term sustainability of Cloughton and provide the village with the level of facilities required to service the ‘lifetime’ needs of existing and future residents.

In a letter to residents hand-delivered this week, Duchy CEO Paul Clarke CVO reiterated The Duchy’s belief that this is “a unique opportunity for Cloughton. Our position as the historic owner of a number of sites within the village gives us a rare chance to take a long-term view of the future potential, looking at the ‘whole’ picture rather than relying upon short-term, speculative piecemeal development proposals.”

Mr Clarke went on to acknowledge the debate and strength of views expressed on both sides over the last 3 years, thanking everyone for their contribution and expressing the hope that “the people of Cloughton can make an informed choice on the future of (the) village” as a result of the various consultation activities undertaken.

Expressions of broad support for The Duchy’s approach have already been received from Cloughton Parish Council, Cloughton Village Fund and a number of individual residents, 172 of whom submitted a signed petition to the Council in December 2009.

The application will now be considered by planning officers and members of the Planning Committee over the next 16-18 weeks and a decision is expected by the beginning of September 2011.

For the latest information and a link to the planning submission registered by Scarborough Borough Council*, please visit the dedicated website set up by The Duchy to keep local people informed about its plans for Cloughton: www.duchyoflancastercloughton.co.uk.