Brierley Homes embarks on West Ayton journey

The North Yorkshire Council-owned housing company wants to build 34 homes on the former highways depot in West Ayton, near Scarborough.

The council has yet to consider the proposals, which include retaining and converting the engine shed and station house.

If approved, there would be a mix of one, two, three and four-bed properties, consisting of maisonettes, terraced houses, semi-detached and detached homes.

Until 1950 the site was home to Forge Valley railway station. The station house would be converted into four one-bed flats. The engine shed would become a community facility.

West Ayton, on the River Derwent, is a gateway location for visiting the North York Moors.

Stuart Ede, managing director of Brierley Homes, said: “Opportunities such as this don’t come along every day. Preserving the county’s past is important and we are delighted to have been able to make the station house and engine shed integral parts of the plan.

“This scheme will help breathe new life into some of the old railway station features and will also give the community a great space that will enhance the village as a whole.”

Affordable housing will make up 30% of the scheme. Construction is scheduled to begin in the autumn, subject to planning.

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