Plans for a £7million development of 74 homes in Bewerley have been proposed by Barratt Homes.
The housing development is proposed for the rear of Ashfield Court Road and local councillors say the plan will offer much neededaffordable local housing.
The Mayor of Pateley Bridge Coun Chris Skaife, who also sits on Bewerley Parish Council said: “We do need more housing and there is a need for affordable housing to keep people in the Dales.”
Coun Helen Flynn, who was recently selected as the Lib Dem’s Parliamentaty Prospectie Candidate agrees and said there is a great need for affordable housing.
She said: “I have had meetings with Barratt Homes and am pushing for as much affordable housing as possible.
“The plans for Ashfield Court, unfortunately, don’t include any one bed houses at the moment, but there are plans for two beds which is good. I am not sure there is such a need for five bed room houses.
She added: “There is always going to be NIMBYism, but these same people know that we need houses here.”
Coun Flynn said she has raised the ideas local areas keeping the New Homes Bonus money to spend locally with Harrogate Borough Council.
She said: “This would mean the money from the development could stay in the community to boost infrastructure, transport services and schools.”
The land at Ashfield Court Road has been included in the draft local plan whichhas now been sent to the secretary of state for approval.
Coun Skaife said the proposals were in the early stages. She said:“There are so many questions we need to ask and it is good the developers are giving us that chance.
Peter Morris, development director for David Wilson Homes, part of the Barratt group, said: “We are committed to striking up positive dialogue and engagement with local residents and the local authorities about this planned housing development.
“If given the green light, it would play an important part in meeting local housing needs in the area, which would include providing affordable housing for local people. It would also create 62 jobs and add almost £4m to the local economy.”
A public exhibition will be held on Monday December 16 at Nidderdale High School from 4pm to 7pm and loca residents are able to find out more about the plans.
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