Pannal debates £34m Dunlopillo revamp

Dunlopillo site. (1308138AM3)
Dunlopillo site. (1308138AM3)

Pannal villagers have had their say on a £34m plan to revamp the former Dunlopillo site.

Forward Investments LLP has submitted plans to build 120 houses, Harrogate’s first park and ride, employment land and a new roundabout and access road to pass through fields past Spacey View from the A61 at Princess Royal Way.

And, as the September 2 deadline for the public to comment on plans approaches, the debate continues.

In its draft response to the application, the 600-strong Pannal Village Society (PVS) is objecting to the application.

Although supporting the principle of a mixed development, PVS has concerns over the generation of traffic and there being too few parking spaces at the new site.

Its response argues the ‘spine road’ through the new development will generate traffic, stating: “There is potential for the spine road to become a rat run for commuters to and from the west of Harrogate.”

PVS hopes any planning approval would include a condition to limit retail space, to avoid shopper traffic from those visiting the village.

Spacey View resident Elizabeth Bowden told the Harrogate Advertiser: “Whilst not opposed to the regeneration of the old Dunlopillo site, I am strongly in favour of its appropriate development as a Business Park only.”

In March, commercial property agents Gent Visick invited residents to discuss Forward Investments’ plans.

Rupert Visick from Gent Visick said: “We asked for the public’s view on the proposed development of the former Dunlopillo site to help us shape our planning application to the council.

“The responses showed that the majority of people were supportive of the principle of redeveloping the site in a comprehensive manner but with some concerns about the details of the scheme and particularly transport.

“The issues raised helped us to evolve the plans further and we believe the final submitted scheme presents a unique opportunity for the regeneration of this brownfield site.”

A decision on the plans is due by September 23.