Opinions sought on development of 600 houses.

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Persimmon homes are seeking public feedback on their proposals for a 600 homes development at Penny Pot Lane.

The group in conjunction with Signet planning presented illustrative plans to the public at The Sun Pavilion on Thursday January 24.

Sketches showed developments to public transport links, a primary school and a green park area with footpaths.

Jennyfields residents Sandra Mathews and Lynn Daley thought that the plans looked good and would provide them with a better place to walk their dogs.

Mrs Mathews said: “I am a bit concerned about the narrow bridge on Penny Pot lane for the amount of traffic.

“I live on Orchid Way and was worried about an increase of traffic on the road but looking at these plans it doesn’t look like the traffic will go that way.”

The plans show one vehicle entrance point to the 29.4 hectare site, on Penny Pot Lane, with a second access point for buses only on the north side of the site from the Jennyfields estate.

Robin McGinn from Persimmon explained that this is to encourage the use of more sustainable transport like cycling.

He said: “There are several cycle paths and footpaths to access the site.

“It’s all about encouraging people not to use cars as much and to walk and cycle more, by making it more convoluted to drive a car on the estate.”

Duchy Road resident Patrick Turner has concerns about the traffic chaos these plans may bring. He said: “They need to look at transport needs as well as housing needs.

“North Yorkshire County Council who deal with the roads but Harrogate Borough Council for the housing, they need better coordination.”

Ms Jannine Gore, a resident of the Queen Ethelburga’s estate is undecided on her opinion on the proposals.

She said: “On one hand it’ll bring a school and a shop which will be good, and the bus routes will be useful for my family as I have two older children who want to be more independent.

“But on the other hand it’s only a primary school and the Harrogate secondary school’s are already chockablock, where will all these children go to school when they are older.

“The traffic concerns me too, will the little bridge on Penny Pot lane handle all the traffic?”

Coun Don Mackenzie opposes the plans, he said: “The proposals are premature, there may come a time, many years from now, when all brownfield sites have been exhausted that we need to sue open countryside.

“However we are many years away from that which is why I will continue to oppose any plans to extend the boundaries of our town.”

Despite this Jim Ramsey from Signet planning said he was feeling confident about the proposals, he said: “As Harrogate goes this proposal hasn’t got an awful lot of opposition.”

The site was identified in Harrogate Borough Council’s Local Development Framework which was decided upon by councillors in October but has yet to be finalised.

Andrew Bowes, managing director of Persimmon Homes, Yorkshire said: “During preparation of the Local Development Framework by Harrogate Council, Penny Pot Lane has emerged as the residential site with the least constraints. It is not affected by Green Belt or landscape designations. The Council has a shortfall in housing supply and development of this site will contribute to the town’s housing needs.”

Keran Power, managing director of Hallam Land Management said: “We want local people to let us have their feedback on the proposals.”

Proposals are available online at www.signetplanning.com/consultation and the closing date for responses is Monday February 11.