Penny Pot Lane plans for 600 houses resubmitted to Harrogate council

Penny Pot Lane, where Persimmon Homes have resubmitted plans to build 600 homes.
Penny Pot Lane, where Persimmon Homes have resubmitted plans to build 600 homes.
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Plans to build 600 houses off Penny Pot Lane have been resubmitted, despite being rejected by two council planning committees earlier this year.

Objections from residents and committee members on the planning committee and planning referral committee at Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) concerned traffic associated with the development.

Despite widespread opposition, however, developers Persimmon Homes resubmitted plans which are due to come before another committee before the end of the year.

Harlow Moor Coun Don Mackenzie (Con), who opposed the original application, said: “I have to admit I did expect further action from the developer, though the proposal was turned down unanimously. I am disappointed that it is coming back to a planning committee again and without any amendments.

“It is just a pure resubmission, so in other words the developer has not listened to any of the comments made by committee members.

“Residents have already been in contact with me to say they have to resubmit their objections, though to my knowledge nothing has changed.

“Whether we have a five year housing supply or not, when we give planning permission we are giving that security and I don’t think we should be giving the future generations an inappropriate housing scheme for that area.”

Letters have been lodged against the plans and several representative groups are drawing up objections, including Harlow and Pannal Ash Residents’ Association.

The group’s chair Murray Trantor said: “We are all upset that a developer is able to submit an application that has already been turned down by two different committees. From a democratic standpoint we don’t think that is the right thing to do.

“Traffic is the main problem, but there are no places in secondary schools in the west of the town and there is no infrastructure in the way of doctors, shops, or banks.”

Deputy managing director at Persimmon Homes Yorkshire Simon Usher said: “We are naturally frustrated that our previous planning application for a new housing development on Penny Pot Lane was refused on grounds of prematurity and highway safety.

“Since the decision, HBC has withdrawn their allocations plan following the advice of the government planning inspector who raised concerns that the housing numbers were too low.

“While residents’ concerns in respect of highways are understood, the assessments demonstrate that there will be no significant impact from the scheme, a view confirmed by North Yorkshire County Council.

“The immediate need for new housing within Harrogate is now greater than ever and the resubmission of our scheme will help to contribute to that need in a managed and sustainable way.”

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