Plan to tranform Pannal revealed

An artist impression of how the former Dunlopillo site will look after redevelopment
An artist impression of how the former Dunlopillo site will look after redevelopment

Radical plans to overhaul the former Dunlopillo industrial site at Pannal are expected to divide the village when they are considered by the public next week.

Forward Investments LLP is proposing to build 120 houses, Harrogate’s first park and ride facility, five acres of employment land and a new roundabout and access road which will pass through fields past Spacey View from the A61 at Princess Royal Way.

Developers are seeking views of the public before submitting an application to Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) later this year, and are hopeful work could begin in August 2016.

Anne Smith, who is a member of Pannal Village Society, has spoken to residents expected to take different views on the proposals.

She believes the proposed access road will attract objections from those who live at Spacey View.

Anne said: “It all depends on exactly how the road goes through the village. The access road is a bone of contention, there are people who will object because the roundabout and access road will go past their houses.

“It will please a lot of people but not those at Spacey View.”

In 2010, an application to build a concrete batching plant at the site, including an access road passing over greenbelt fields, which Forward Investments owns, was rejected.

Dunlopillo collapsed in 2008, and HBC considered relocating offices to the site.

The latest plans for the 12-acre site also include sports pitches and more parking for the railway station. The park and ride will have space for 60 cars.

Rupert Visick, of commercial property agents Gent Visick, said: “We are hoping as many local people as possible come and view the plans. We will be asking them for their views.

“This is a totally different proposition to the scheme put forward, and rejected, a few years ago.

“It is our intention to submit the plans to HBC’s planning department in May, with the hope they will go before the planning committee in August or September.”

The plans submitted by Forward Investments LLP will be on public display in Pannal Memorial Hall from 2-7.30pm on Tuesday and from 4.30-8.30pm on Wednesday.