Councillors to discuss Penny Pot Lane plans

Land off Penny Pot Lane.
Land off Penny Pot Lane.

Housing developer Persimmon Homes is hoping for a better outcome when its application for 600 houses at Penny Pot lane is considered next week.

Members of the planning committee failed to reach a decision on the plans after two hours of debate at a meeting in January.

Members voted to defer the plans back to the planning committee with the hope that developers would address traffic concerns.

However opponents to the plans have said the latest proposal, due to go before the committee on February 11, have not been changed enough.

“It’s barely any different,” said Catherine Wright of the Queen Ethelburgas Residents Action Group.

“It is absolutely farcical to propose a one road in and one road out development. This mass housing development on the edge of our town will bring with it 1000 plus cars in an area where the highways infrastructure is not in place.”

Rosemary Carnaghan from the Duchy Residents Association said: “Without an additional access point it is still just a 600 house cul-de-sac. It simply won’t work.”

Council planners had told the committee they would look into the ownership of land near Trefoil Drive and Saltergate Drive,and the possibility of creating an additional access point from the roundabout, however the latest report states no progress has been made with this.

The latest report recommends the committee vote to defer the plans to the chief planner for approval.

Coun Don Mackenzie said: “I see little in the updated report by the officer to persuade me that much, if anything at all, has changed in order to address the objections raised at the last meeting.

“I hope members decide to do what they wished to do last time - to reject this proposal, and leave it to the developer to think again.”

See next weeks Harrogate Advertiser for a full report from the planning meeting.