CONCERNS have been raised about a major scheme to build 320 new homes.

Property firm Keyland Developments wants to transform the 23-acre site at Broomfield Farm near Whitby into a housing development in a move that could create 800 jobs.

The vacant site sits close to Stainsacre Lane, between Whitby and Scarborough, Eskdale Park and Whitby Business Park.

Whitby Civic Society, while not formally objecting, has written a letter to Scarborough Council outlining some concerns.

Its letter stated: “While we accept the need for new housing in the town, we would like to see far greater provision for affordable housing, ideally aimed at local residents rather than second homes or holiday lets.”

The application would see 30 per cent of the homes classed as affordable.

The greenfield site is located next to Yorkshire Water’s operational sewage treatment works.

Whitby Town Council has objected as it fears the site is too close to the sewage plant saying it is an “inappropriate development”.

Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary and a farmer have also opposed the plans.