120 new homes for Knaresborough set to be signed off

120 new homes for Knaresborough set to be signed off

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 12:39pm 24th June 2020.

A major housing scheme in Knaresborough looks set to be signed off - despite worries the town is being “destroyed” by overdevelopment.

  • Plans for 120 homes near Boroughbridge Road in Knaresborough looks set to be signed off. 
  • It's despite concerns about overdevelopment.  
  • The application will be approved by the borough council if highways, footpath, and landscaping plans can be finalised.

The proposals for 120 homes near Boroughbridge Road are from property developers Galliford Try Partnerships Yorkshire and were last year granted outline planning permission.

Now, Harrogate Borough Council’s planning committee has said construction should go ahead if concerns from residents over the layout of footpaths and a lack of trees can be addressed.

Objecting to the proposals, Scriven Parish Council said Knaresborough is already under “tremendous pressure” from the 1,000-plus homes that have been given the go-ahead in the last two years.

The parish council said in a statement: 

“Once this is completed, it will result in saturation for Knaresborough town and its facilities”, 

“Currently, there appears to be no provision for additional educational facilities or doctors surgeries to cater for this major influx of population”.

Miranda Armitage, chair of the parish council, also told the committee the proposed access to the development is “downright dangerous” and asked for a mini-roundabout to be included in the plans.

The application –  which had been scaled back from 146 to 120 homes – will be approved by the borough council’s chief planner if highways, footpath and landscaping plans can be finalised.

The homes will be a mix of 2,3 and 4-bedrooms.

An agent for the developers told the committee:

“It is a key scheme for us, representing an investment of £25million.

“Despite an unprecedented economic backdrop we see this as a significant scheme”.