About the Scarborough and Whitby Town Deals

Introduction to Scarborough and Whitby Town Deals and boards.

In November 2019, the Ministry of Homes, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) announced that Scarborough and Whitby had been identified as two of 101 towns in England that they wish to work with to develop Town Investment Plans (TIPs) and bid for a share of the Government’s £3.6bn Towns Fund. 

A Town Deal board for each town, made up of representatives from different local organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors, was set up to consider proposals, develop Town Investment Plans and ensure both Whitby and Scarborough submitted a bid to the Government’s Towns Fund by autumn 2020. 

Following 10 months of engagement and analysis, a Town Investment Plan (TIP) for each town was created, backed by their respective Town Deal boards, to help deliver long term economic growth and make a significant contribution towards Building a Better Borough, the council’s recently announced programme to deliver better outcomes for communities throughout the Borough of Scarborough. 

The TIPs cover themes such as skills and enterprise, cultural activities, the environment, connectivity, well-being and sustainability. It is hoped that the package of ideas will also help the towns recover from the impacts of COVID-19. 

On the 3 March 2021, Government announced that Scarborough had been successful in securing £20.2m of Town Deal funding, and Whitby £17.1m of Town Deal funding in support of delivering the respective TIPs. 

Town Deal investment plans 

The following projects from the TIPs were chosen to be delivered as part of the Town Deals.

Town Deal business cases

In order to release Towns Deal funding, each project was required to produce a business case to demonstrate that:

  • each project provides value for money
  • each project is affordable and can be delivered

All business cases have passed through local assurance mechanisms, with oversight from the Town Deal boards. The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has now approved all the projects, releasing the funding.

Download a business case:

Scarborough and Whitby Blueprints

Town Deal boards

Town Deal boards for Whitby and Scarborough bring together the private, public and voluntary sectors to provide strategic leadership. They help develop and deliver the respective Town Investment Plans which set out a clear understanding of the area, focusing on its assets, opportunities and challenges.  

The role of each board is to: 

  • oversee the delivery of their respective Town Investment Plan 
  • ensure the programme of interventions within the Town Investment Plans are managed and delivered effectively 
  • co-ordinate resources and engage stakeholders where required