Public consulted on future of Harrogate housing plans

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Harrogate Borough Council’s Local Development Framework has finally been put forward to public consultation, eight months after the council voted on the draft local plan.

The council are inviting people to comment on the proposals which include preferred option sites in Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon and Nidderdale.

Assistant LDF Manager Tracey Rathmell said: “This is the chance for people to have their say and make sure their views are taken on board.”

The Sites and Policies Development Plan Document states that the council need to 4,346 houses are built by 2024. to meet housing need.

Preferred sites in the plan include; 120 houses at the Dunlopillo site in Pannal, 130 houses at the former police training centre in Harrogate, 28 houses at York Place car park, Knaresborough and 79 homes at the Auction Mart in Ripon.

The document also proposes four ‘urban expansion sites’, all of which currently have planning application pending.

Councillors have previously blasted developers for not waiting until the LDF has been finalised

Developers moved forward with applications for the sites included in the Sites and Policies Development Plan Document, despite the LDF not being agreed on.

In the past three months developers have proposed plans for 450 houses at Cardale Park West, 600 houses at Penny Pot Lane, 600 houses at Manse Farm, Knaresborough and 210 homes off Skipton Road.

Comments on the Sites and Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) can be made until 4.30 pm on Friday June 21 2013.

The response form which is available to download from

Copies are also available at Harrogate Council Offices, Cresent Gardens, libraries, Knaresborough House and Ripon Town Hall.