RESIDENTS have until Friday, April 25, to make their views known on controversial plans to build executive homes on the outskirts of Marske.    

Some 75 five and six-bed properties are being proposed for land at Windy Hill Farm, bordered by Windy Hill Lane and Howard Drive.

The land also forms part of a 'strategic gap' which separates Marske and Saltburn. Earlier proposals for 200 houses on the site have been scaled back and the developer says the plans meet a clear need for executive-style properties in the area.

However, the scheme has provoked opposition from those living in the area. Almost 50 letters have been submitted to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council about the scheme.

And on Saturday, April 19, Ian Swales, Liberal Democrat MP for Redcar, joined residents in a protest about the plans.

Mr Swales said residents' concerns focus on increased traffic, risk of flooding and the erosion of the green wedge between Marske and Saltburn.

“I was glad to be able to support the people of Marske who are campaigning against this development.

“I would encourage all residents who have a view on the development to submit them to the council’s planning department.”  

The developer says scaling back the proposal from 200 to 75 houses would help to address residents' concerns, adding that the development would be unlikely to have any adverse impact on schools, shops and public services.

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