Concerns raised over plans for new homes

The meeting was held at Ripon Town Hall.
The meeting was held at Ripon Town Hall.
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The Mayor of Ripon has admitted that councillors had a “number of areas of concerns” over plans to build homes on land at the rear of Ash Bank Road.

Developers presented their plans to Ripon City Planning Committee as part of the consultation period last week.

Coun Mick Stanley said the developers had already planned to drop their housing plans to 150 homes and stated they would provide an improved bus service.

However, the Mayor said concerns over foulwater, sewage, traffic and their close proximity to a World Heritage Site – Foutnains Abbey – still remained.

The development team, Lands Improvement, had also put on a public consultation for residents to view the plans in Ripon Town Hall on Friday, October 24.

Coun Stanley said that he, and a number of his colleagues, had a chance to view the plans but did not want to give his verdict “one way or another” before the actual application was submitted.

Coun Stanley said: “The developer talked about school provisions for the people that would be living in the homes and made a big thing about the green space they would put into the scheme. However, traffic is still the big concern.”