Plans passed for consultation site

HARROGATE Council approved plans for 14 houses and apartments on a site in Knaresborough - before a consultation about developing the area had closed.

The authority’s eight-week consultation on its development plans for the next 14 years ended on Friday, with the final strategy set to be unveiled in May 2013.

But last Tuesday a housing development planned for one of the sites in the controversial Local Development Framework (LDF) document was passed by a council committee.

The detailed proposal for 14 affordable properties at Hambleton Court in Knaresborough was approved by the council’s planning panel, subject to conditions.

A second application, to build a housing development on former Yorkshire Water land at the Irongate Bridge Reservoir Depot - also a proposed LDF site - was rebuffed by planners, but not because the area was still out to consultation.

A spokesman for Harrogate Borough Council said dealing with applications for brownfield sites - ie previously developed land - whilst consulting on the future was in keeping with council policy.

“The sites at Hambleton Terrace and Irongate Reservoir are brownfield sites,” she said.

“The council is committed to a ‘plan-led’ process and seeks only to make decisions about the future of greenfield sites throughout the district through the LDF. Brownfield sites will still come up through the normal planning application process.

“The application at Irongate Reservoir refusal was based on a lack of affordable housing on one site; nothing to do with being premature to the LDF.”

For more on this story, see this week’s Harrogate Advertiser or Knaresborough Post.

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