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Village children's heartfelt plea over housing plans

Village children's heartfelt plea over housing plans

Published at 9:37am 31st August 2017. (Updated at 9:45am 31st August 2017)

Children from Green Hammerton and Kirk Hammerton are among campaigners fighting plans to build 3,000 houses around the villages.

They have delivered letters of objection to Harrogate Borough Council ahead of a six-week consultation closing.

In one letter, six-year-old Joshua Greenwood wrote "Dear Sir/Madam, please do not build 3,000 houses at Green Hammerton. I love my village the way it is".

Susan Goss-Clements, from the 'Keep Green Hammerton Green' action group, said: "The children have been very upset at plans to build on fields that grow crops, the destruction of wildlife habitat and the threat to the close, small community they call home. Families have chosen to live a village life - not have a potential new town thrust upon them.

"Having taken advice from experts, we know the rationale is flawed for the houses to be at Green Hammerton and are hopeful that Harrogate Borough Council will review the very compelling evidence, including legitimate planning reasons why these 3,000 houses should not be built at this location, especially as there are more suitable options nearby, such as Flaxby Park.

"We have no infrastructure, poor public transport, no local jobs and an already very busy A59, plus this is prime agricultural land, whereas Flaxby Park has none of these issues."

Harrogate Borough Council has previously said that officers are "minded to recommend" Green Hammerton as the preferred location to help meet the district's need for new homes and jobs.

Green Hammerton housing protest

Villagers staging a protest outside Harrogate Borough Council's offices