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Luxury holiday development planned for Whitby

Proposals have been submitted for a new £31M luxury holiday development within the 80 acres of Raithwaite Hall at Sandsend near Whitby,  potentially creating a "world class destination" 

It is believed to be the biggest tourist development of its kind on the coast for generations including 37 lodges, 82 apartments and 71 holiday cottages.

David Walker - Scarborough council's senior planning officer - is recommending approval of the development at the authority's planning committee next week, said: “This will be an exciting expansion of the tourist accommodation and facilities already on offer at the Raithwaite Estate.

“It will add to the supply of quality visitor accommodation within the Whitby area and provide a boost to the local economy and tourism.”

Welcome to Yorkshire has also supported the development, stating: “This will be a huge development and the benefits to Yorkshire will be immeasurable. Raithwaite Estate will become Raithwaite Bay - a world class destination for both national and international tourism.”

There have however been oppositions with the local parish council for Sandsend stating: “The size is disproportionate in terms of it being adjacent to the coast and the North York Moors National Park."

There is also opposition from Whitby Civic Society based on the scale of the scheme, traffic issues and visual impact.

After carrying out a Socio-Economic Impact Assessment on the proposal, Cambridge Policy Consultants estimated that the development will benefit the Whitby area economy by £6.34m a year.

The developers, Yorkshire Ventures (Estates) Ltd, says the scheme will create 278 new jobs both on the site and in allied holiday businesses in the area.

Other tourism and leisure businesses on the cost are likely to benefit because of the additional visitors.

Source: The Northern Echo

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