Back to the drawing board for Harrogate apartment block plans

A plan to build an apartment block in Harrogate could be going back to the drawing board.

Friday, 22nd November 2019, 3:39 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd November 2019, 5:06 pm

Passengers report 'awful' Harrogate rail cancellations this morningAn application from APS for the scheme at 21 Hookstone Chase went before Harrogate Council’s planning committee on Tuesday, with a recommendation for approval.

Councillors, however, declined to make a decision on the day, sending the scheme back to their planning officers as the committee had concerns about the height of the buildings.

The plans would see the existing building, a vacant bungalow, demolished to make way for the development of nine flats.

The plans to turn 21 Hookstone Drive into an apartment block have been sent back to planning officers over height concerns.

Twelve people objected to the proposal for a three-storey building, with concerns about parking and the impact on neighbouring properties.

A report that went before the planning councillors this week said that the scheme could be approved.

It added: “The provision of additional housing will help to maintain the district’s housing supply in a very sustainable location, within development limits.

“The scale of the development is considered to provide a careful balance between a more efficient use of previously developed land and reflecting the surrounding residential properties.”

The councillors did not approve or reject the plans but instead sent it back to their planning team to look at issues around the height of the replacement building.

Carl Gavaghan Local Democracy Reporter