Skipton Road speed limit to change after housing plan approved

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Plans for 210 houses on one of Harrogate’s busiest roads were given the go ahead by Harrogate Borough Council’s planning committee last week.

The committee voted nine votes to four to pass the application to the chief planner for approval.

The plans will be finalised after the council and developers agree on how much money the developers should pay toward re-locating the speed limit and adding traffic calming measures on Skipton Road.

Newly elected Coun Graham Swift (Con, Saltergate) urged committee members to refuse the plans at the meeting.

He said: “Residents feel although they are being misled. They recognise the need for housing and recognise the need for houses for their children but it needs to reflect the area.”

Coun Chris Lewis (Ind, Ouseburn) said: “I am not happy about this, simply because of the number of houses and cars and there isn’t the number of school places but for the life of me I can’t see a planning reason to refuse.”

Coun Ian Galloway (Bishop Monkton) said: “It is about time we started to put pressure on North Yorkshire for new schools, including a secondary school, for the north of Harrogate.”

The new housing development will be close to the proposed Tesco Superstore, which has been subject to various delays. Tesco’s planning permission requires them to carry out various improvement works on Skipton Road.

Planning officer Gerard Walsh said: “If Tesco gets there first they carry out the road improvements, if the houses get there first, they do.”

Steve McBurney from CEG said: “We are pleased that our proposal was approved in accordance with the officers’ recommendation. We can now start to bring forward this attractive development of much-needed housing, including affordable housing for local people.”

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