Filey: Shepherds' hut cliff top holiday homes plans rejected

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The new development would have added "shepherds' huts" to an existing holiday village at Filey

Plans to build new holiday homes on a coastal cliff top in North Yorkshire have been rejected.

Five "shepherds' huts" had been proposed for The Bay holiday village in Filey by owners Essential Vivendi Ltd.

More than 70 objections were received from the public, including concerns about the potential environmental impact and safety issues.

Scarborough Council's planning committee voted unanimously on Thursday to refuse the application.

Essential Vivendi's website stated there were "23 property types at The Bay Filey, all of which have been built by the Essential Group", according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service

Objections included issues such as the impact on wildlife, limited parking, potential pollution, privacy, and overcrowding.

One objector said: "The Bay has become overcrowded with smaller properties with insufficient parking, leading to real health and safety concerns as there are no footpaths."

Another said "a line has to be drawn" and suggested the development was "aesthetically wrong and incompatible with maintaining the space and amenity of the cliff top, which is a precious commodity in coastal resorts such as ours".

Filey Town Council did not object to the development, while Natural England said it was not able to "fully assess the potential impacts of this proposal" on nature conservation sites.

Council officers suggested the application be refused due to the loss of a buffer between the local nature site and current developments, due to "inappropriate design", the impact on amenity, and the "severe" levels of loss of privacy for existing residents.

Councillor Roberta Swiers told the planning committee meeting: "Recently, this place is just getting overdeveloped and I don't think it matches."

"When you look at it, it is lovely. You have a lot of grass, you are going to waste that view and that privacy in a very narrow area."

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