450-home Scoping Opinion is published

The land where Gladman Developments is hoping up to  450 homes will be built.
The land where Gladman Developments is hoping up to 450 homes will be built.

Harrogate Borough Council has published the results of what must be included in Gladman Development’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in their plans to erect 450 homes on the south-west edge of Ripon.

Gladman Developments was ordered to undertake an EIA for their plans by the Secretary of State and, following this, the council undertook a Scoping Opinion to set out what information should be included in it.

The council has recommended that the developers include a variety of topics in their EIA including biodiversity, geology, landscape and visual impact, archeology and soils and agricultural land quality.

Gladman has also been recommended to include air quality, drainage and cumulative and in-combination effects after the council refused to accept their argument it should be restricted to “ecology and heritage matters only”.

The council’s planning committee said it”wholeheartedly endorsed” that an EIA must be carried out for the application. In a statement it said: “We recommend the study must run over a full 12-month period to ensure seasonal variation in wildlife, landscape and impacts on traffic and infrastructure are fully assessed.”