Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) has ordered the demolition of four privately owned properties at Knipe Point in Scarborough to prevent them being destroyed by a reactivated landslide.
Three bungalows located close to the site were demolished in 2009 when the ground movement first started. SBC has said that significant land slippage in the area occurred earlier this week, which has left the four unoccupied properties close to the back scar of the landslide.
According to SBC, none of the properties are the owners’ primary homes and in private ownership but it said that the council still has a duty to ensure public safety and to protect the area of Knipe Point, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. In a statement, SBC said: “It is because of these reasons that the council requires the properties to be safely taken down in a controlled manner, rather than simply letting nature take its course.”
According to a report into the initial landslide at Knipe Point, undertaken by Halcrow for SBC, the properties which are currently under orders for demolition were expected to be lost within a year of the report’s publication in April 2009. SBC said that the rate of ground movement slowed following the report, which enabled the council to secure funding for properties that were expected to be affected.
Two of the four properties will be eligible to benefit from the£1M Pathfinder funding secured by SBC in November 2009 to allow owners to buy news land to rebuild should their cliff top properties be condemned. The other two houses were bought after the initial landslide, so do not qualify for the funding.