Hampsthwaite housing battle continues

'Hands Off Hampsthwaite Village' action group

6:02am 13th October 2017

People in a village near Harrogate say they're feeling "absolutely besieged" as plans for more housing are drawn up.

Several sites in Hampsthwaite have already been earmarked for hundreds of new homes and it's feared that other developers could submit planning applications.

In August, campaigners lodged more than 400 objections to one proposed development and presented a petition with over 500 signatures calling for the plans to be rejected.

One local resident said: "To build houses so close to a 10th century church, alongside an ancient bridge and at one of the narrowest and prettiest points of this village is unbelievable.

"This kind of development shows no consideration for the village or its residents."

Members of the 'Hands Off Hampsthwaite Village' action group are concerned that "local voices are not being heard" and that "a development free-for-all" is escalating at the expense of their community.

Hampsthwaite

One of the proposed sites for housing in Hampsthwaite

More than 200 people recently attended a consultation event at Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall, with some of them bringing banners and placards to protest against the various housing plans.

David Collett, Chairman of Hampsthwaite Parish Council, said: "We've seen what has happened to Killinghall and we certainly don't want it to happen to Hampsthwaite.

"We want to keep its beautiful character. It's a wonderful village in terms of its community spirit.

"We're talking about potentially almost doubling the size of this village, which is absolutely crazy."

Governors of the local primary school have also raised concerns that more development could have a "detrimental effect" on children's education.

Harrogate Borough Council has previously pointed out that it faces a "significant challenge" to provide more homes across the district.

However, it says that existing infrastructure will not be expected to cope with new houses and developers must provide additional infrastructure or improvements.

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