Developers showed their plans for 450 homes West of Cardale Park to the public yesterday (Wednesday May 1).
Around 70 Harrogate residents took the opportunity to view HTH Harrogate LLP’s plans for the site off Otley Road.
Unsurprisingly traffic issues were the main talking point at the consultation.
Ruth Kirby who lives on the Castle Hill estate said: “I am concerned about traffic, Whinney Lane and Lady Lane are already so congested at peak times.
“I don’t even walk down Lady Lane with the dog and the grandchildren now as it gets so busy. They are more like country roads and it’s a dangerous rat run.”
Broadway Malyan said on their display boards: “There are several possible locations for vehicle access points to the site, however due to the rural nature of some of the roads it is recommended that these are located on Otley Road and Beckwith Head Road.”
Brain Dunsby, chief executive of the Harrogate Chamber of Trade & Commerce speaking as a local resident said: “I am concerned about how the road network will cope with any more traffic.
“If the idea of the Western bypass which was first put forward in 1991 had gone ahead then these plans would be fine, but without it these plans are just impractical.”
Mr Dunsby went on to criticise the location of the site.
He said: “Harlow Carr should be protected as a tourist attraction.
“And to surround Horticap is unfair on them.”
Sketches of the site indicated Broadway Malyan’s intention to create a green buffer around Horticap with playing fields and green land surrounding the site.
The master plan includes a site for Primary School and a small community centre.
A local Primary School governor who attended the consultation said: “The school doesn’t start from the beginning of the development, they will build it when the need is there so in the mean time local school will have to cope.
“There is just no where else for local school to expand too at present.”
However other residents were optimistic about the plans, a local farmer who did not wish to be named said: “I want this to go ahead for my grand-children.
“There is a whole generation to come and there is a shortage of affordable houses.
“I have lived here for 50 years and I remember the Beckwith estate being built and Jennyfields, it all has to be built.”
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