Please find comments submitted by Whitby Civic Society on the following planning applications. Please contact us if you have concerns about any planning application.


Planning Application 20/02697/FL The Mount Cliff Street Whitby 

  • Conversion of existing Dance centre to 4No. dwellings

Whitby Civic Society suggests that the application should, if approved, be subject to conditions on the location of waste bins which should be screened and in the parking area (there is a discrepancy between the application and the block plan) and the windows and doors should be in heritage style, as befits a historic building in the Conservation Area.


Planning Application 20/02553/FL The Old Jet Works Brunswick Street Whitby

  • Change of use of former workshop to holiday accommodation

We note and support the objection from Environmental Health. If a future revised application comes forward, we also suggest that the windows be in a heritage style, as befits a building in the Conservation Area and in line with the authority's own Management Plan for that Area.


Planning Application 20/01696/FL Old Bata Site High Street Ruswarp 

  • Erection of 9 no. flats

Given the Government's strong encouragement for new developments to conrribute to beautiful place-making, Whitby Civic Society is disappointed that the application is architecturally unambitious and uninspiring. If approved, we suggest that there should be conditions respecting safe access to the road, usable outdoor space, e-vehicle charging points, and the use of sustainable energy.


Planning Application 20/02818/LB Abbey Wharf Market Hall Market Place Whitby 

  • Installation of 2no. flag poles to front and installation of platform lift to entrance stairs

Abbey Wharf is a popular bar and restaurant which is highly visible from across the river, and dominates the west side of the Market Square. The building is in the Conservation Area and is GII listed. The application does not provide any rationale for flags and flagpoles; the proposed flags appear to be contrary to the Local Plan (Policy DEC 1(a) iii) in that they would detract from character of this part of the CA, would be a visually dominating intrusion and would spoil the landscape as seen both in the market place area and from across the Esk.

We wish to remind the authority of their earlier decision not to allow banners in this area as incompatible with the streetscape of the old town centre. We also note the Borough Council and Town Council's proposed ambitious investment in refurbishing the Old Town Hall and Market Square which is currently under discussion with Historic England; the obtrusive flags would run counter to these plans. We are baffled as to why the applicant has bundled together the flags with the lift in a single proposal.


Planning Application 20/02783/FL Dolphin Hotel Bridge Street

  • Erection of 2 no parasols to front external seating area

Whitby Civic Society has two objections to the application. First, there seems to be a dicrepancy between the plan and the section drawings: the former shows the parasol finishing over the barrier and the latter shows it stopping short of the barrier. The parasol should remain short of the barrier, where it will not cause additional run-off on the pavement. Second, the applicant has not taken the opportunity of addressing accessibility; if work is being undertaken on the frontage, clearly it should include measures to open up access to the premises.


Youth Shack / Macy Brown's

Whitby Civic Society was requested to speak to Scarborough Borough Council Licensing committee following concerns raised about the licence application for the Youth Shack / Macy Browns:

Premises Licence Hearing - 17 December 2020 (Granted with conditions & amendments)

Youth Shack / Macy Browns Determination Notice – Whitby Cumulative Impact Zone (CIZ)

Circulation To; Applicant (Sunshine Leisure Limited), Relevant Representees/Parties to the Hearing

The decision and the detailed conditions may be found here Decision Youth Shack




Dolphin Hotel Bridge Street Whitby North Yorkshire