New housing estate sparks police alarm

tis   Development site.  H3(1)   and North of Pennypot Lane (Urban Extension Site).    (110707M4)
tis Development site. H3(1) and North of Pennypot Lane (Urban Extension Site). (110707M4)

Plans for a massive 600 house development at Pennypot Lane have come under fire from North Yorkshire Police.

Developers Persimmon Homes with Signet Planning have applied for outline planning permission from Harrogate Borough Council.

In a report to the council Harrogate Police’s architectural liaison officer has criticised the plans.

Chris Green said in the report: “I note there is virtually no mention of crime and how this proposed 600 house estate intends to deal with such issues.

“This is poor for an estate of so many houses and adjacent to Jennyfields housing estate which has a higher than average crime rate for the Harrogate area.”

The report goes on to list concerns regarding the security of parking provisions and the safety of proposed play areas and footpaths before adding: “This estate is so large that it would warrant a police officer alone to cover such an area.

“This large development would have an impact on the current policing of the area.”

Police concerns have coincided with the Queen Ethelburgas Action Group turning to social media to draw attention to their cause.

In recent days the group have set up a twitter account @pennypotstop and a Facebook page to encourage concerned residents to lodge objections on the council’s planning website.

A spokesperson for the group said: “I don’t feel like there is anything else we can do.”

“They are basically proposing one massive cul-de-sac of 600 houses with just one entry and exit point, the traffic will be horrendous.

“We are not just saying ‘Not in my back yard’, planners need to be more forward thinking.

“These plans just physically won’t work. It should never have been allowed to get this far.”

In the past few weeks Harrogate Borough Council has received an application for another 600 house estate at Manse Farm, Knaresborough and an application for a 210 housing development on Skipton Road, recently named as the most congested road in the UK outside of London.

Mr Green said in the same report that new plans had emerged even though current budgets hd already been set for the Harrogate policing area.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie said: “I urge residents to make their feelings known to Harrogate’s planners by responding to the proposals online.”

Visit http://uniformonline.harrogate.gov.uk/ with reference numbers Penny Pot Lane: 13/00976, Skipton Road: 13/01038, Manse Farm: 13/00535 to make a comment.

Both Signet Planning and CEG developers were unavailable for comment.

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