Fears over new homes for Knaresborough

NAKP 14041510AM1 Scriven Road residents. Andrew Jones MP joined local residents who are opposed to housing proposals by Gladman Ltd.(14041510AM1)
NAKP 14041510AM1 Scriven Road residents. Andrew Jones MP joined local residents who are opposed to housing proposals by Gladman Ltd.(14041510AM1)

Residents opposing developers’ plans for 170 houses in Scriven say they fear the proposals will lead to a flood of applications, destroying the green corridor north of Knaresborough.

Coun Ivor Fox told the Post that ‘enough is enough’ and said Knaresborough had shouldered more than its fair share of housing after plans for 600 houses at Manse Farm were approved in October 2013.

He said: “From a planning point of view, Knaresborough has more than fully met its five year housing stock supply, unlike Ripon and Harrogate.

“Knaresborough should not be discriminated against and forced to take more housing when plans are being refused elsewhere. It has done its duty and any further housing plans would be disproportionate.”

Neil Staff of the Scriven Area Residents Association (SARA) said: “Poor old Knaresborough has really been put upon with the amount of housing.”

Harrogate Borough Council’s planning committee voted unanimously to refuse developers Gladman Ltd’s plans for 170 houses on the 6.8 acre site next to Piccadilly Motors on Boroughbridge road at a meeting in September 2013, but the company - which descirbes itself as ‘speculative developers’ - launched an appeal.

Reasons for refusal included concerns over traffic and the detrimental impact the development would have on the rural area.

Mr Staff said: “Traffic and pollution at Bond End will obviously get worse, it is going to have a big impact. The residents are beginning to realise the amount of traffic it will bring.”

Gladman Ltd recently send out letters to 800 homes in Knaresborough detailing their amended plans which include a roundabout on Boroughbridge Road at the junction with Bar Lane.

The letter states: “It has been agreed with HBC that these details [roundabout] can be considered at the appeal.”

Mr Staff added: “It seems a bit misleading. They suggest that things have been accepted by HBC.

“It is a pretty big roundabout on those plans, what will be on the other arm?”

of the roundabout; will it be more housing?”

Coun Fox also said he had concerns that the roundabout would open up more land off Bar Lane to developers, including land off Orchard Close where Persimmon Homes revealed proposals for 74 houses last summer.

Persimmon’s plans proved unpopular as the only access to the site would be through Orchard Close, a quiet cul-de-sac.

MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, Andrew Jones, has backed the residents and called for the plan to be rejected at appeal.

He said: “There are good reasons to oppose the plans. This area is not earmarked for development in the council’s Local Pan and is outside Knaresborough’s normal development limits. The development would detract from the rural setting and would damage the Scriven Conservation Area.

“It is, in my view, not a development that should proceed and I am disappointed that the applicant has taken the matter to appeal in light of the very valid reasons residents have put forward opposing the plans. I have, therefore, written to the Planning Inspectorate making the case for rejection of this proposal.”

Coun Fox and SARA will hold a meeting at Knaresborough Community Centre on Good Friday, April 18, from 7.15pm to discuss the planning issues ahead of the public appeal from May 13 to 16 at Knaresborough House, which is open to the public.