Housing plan at Pinewood site

tis  Potential development area H25 land at Harlow Hill, East of Crag Lane.     (110721M6)
tis Potential development area H25 land at Harlow Hill, East of Crag Lane. (110721M6)

Plans for 124 houses on the doorstep of Pinewoods conservation area have been submitted to Harrogate Borough Council.

Developer Taylor Whimpey are applying for permission to build on a greenfield site opposite Harlow Carr bordering on to the Pinewoods site.

Part of the field is currently used as an overflow car park for Harlow Carr and sketches by Taylor Whimpey show the site developed with houses, a pond and village green.

Coun Don Mackenzie (Con, Harlow Moor) said: “Once again, we are seeing a developer jumping the gun with an application before the district’s local plan has been finalised.

“I am very critical of the unseemly rush to create unsustainable housing estates in an area of the town, which already suffers from high levels of congestion on roads like Skipton Road and Otley Road.

“They should be more patient and let the planning inspector carry out his public examination of the council’s housing proposals, taking account of the very large number of responses from our residents.”

The greenfield site is the fourth on the west side of Harrogate to have a planning application lodged.

The west of Harrogate and east of Knaresborough have been idenitifed in the district’s local plan as suitable for urban expansion.

However, unlike land at Penny Pot Lane, Skipton Road and Cardale Park the Crags Lane land is not allocated in the council’s draft sites.