New temporary classrooms at Ashville College have been branded an “eyesore” by nearby residents - with one comparing the building to a “multi-storey car park in semi-rural Harrogate”.
Craig Coulson, of 40 Yew Tree Lane, claims he and his neigbours have been misled over the plans for the development, after they were reassured the classrooms would not be much bigger than the original single-level hut.
He also claims the planning notice was posted too far away from the site of the new classrooms, which have been erected as part of upgrades to the campus.
He said: “Ashville held an open evening about the plans and residents were told the temporary classrooms would be the same as what was there at the time.
“It was specified that the classrooms would be two-storey, but I believe we have been misled. These buildings are three times the size and have completely taken away the view and left what can only be described as an eyesore.
“It looks like a multi-storey car park in semi-rural Harrogate and it could be there for another seven years.” Mr Coulson said residents were already upset that the school had built a car park on part of its Memorial Gardens.
He said: “It’s a lovely part of the town and to put those buildings there and destroy the beautiful Memorial Gardens has left it in a total mess.
“The school said they received no objections to the plans, but I’m pretty sure the whole road would have objected if they had known it would end up like this.”
Mr Coulson also hit out at Harrogate Borough Council for allowing the plans to go through and has made an official complaint to the authority, as well as ward councillors and the school’s bursar.
A spokesman for Ashville said the upgrade and development of the campus was essential for providing the best facilities possible for pupils.
He said: “As well as a teaching establishment, we are also part of and care for the community. Before any changes are made, we ensure we consult with a wide variety of people – particularly, as a good neighbour, with those nearby.
“In addition to being fully compliant with all planning procedures, the college has staged consultation evenings for local residents, and has written to them to keep them informed of plans over a number of years. We have also engaged with the residents’ association and the local ward councillor throughout planning and building processes.
“We will continue to work co-operatively with our neighbours in the future as we have always strived to in the past.”
A council spokesman added: “We are entirely satisfied the application was dealt with in an appropriate manner and no representations were received.”