Boroughbridge housing plan thrown out

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Plans for 170 houses on a main road into Knaresborough were refused by Harrogate Borough Council after developers failed to speak at the planning committee meeting.

Councillors voted unanimously to reject the plans for land off Boroughbridge Road after listening to objections from residents and parish councils.

Coun Pat Marsh (Lib Dem, Hookstone ward) said: “It speaks volumes to me that even the applicants aren’t here today to fight their corner.”

Both Knaresborough Town Council and Scriven Parish Council opposed the plans which were recommended for refusal by Harrogate Borough Council’s planning officers.

Knaresborough Town Coun Andrew Willoughby said: “Council voted very strongly to object as the council felt that 170 houses on the outskirts of town was not satisfactory due to the inadequacies of infrastructure within Knaresborough.”

There have been many objections to the site.

Scriven Parish Council raised the issue of traffic congestion, Coun Jim Sykes said: “The entrance is stuck on a road which has a history of accidents.”

Coun Ivor Fox (Cons, Scriven Park ward) agreed with the resident’s traffic concerns.

“This road leads into the most polluted junction in all of North Yorkshire, Bond End, and the figures for pollution are only going one way, up, up and up.

“This is a speculative development and as I am sure you all know it has been submitted three times for inclusion in the LDF and turned down three times. This is grade one prime agricultural land, this is absolutely outstanding land and it is very sad plans are being submitted again.”

Bar Lane resident Mr Beaumont told the planning committee: “I live directly opposite the site and at the moment I have an excellent view, a housing development would ruin this view.”

Coun Anne Jones (Lib Dem, Scriven Park ward) added: “The opposition from residents is not a case on NIMBYism but a clear indication that this scheme is totally unsuitable.”

Developers Gladman Ltd said that they did attend the meeting, but choose not to speak as the plans were recommended for refusal.

“It’s not often you can change Councillors minds by speaking,” said Phill Bamford, planning manager.

He added: “We will look at the reasons for refusal and make a decision on our next step from that.”