Public invited to see plans for new housing near Pinewoods in Harrogate

The Pinewoods in Harrogate.
The Pinewoods in Harrogate.

The public are to be consulted on plans for 122 new houses near the Pinewoods in Harrogate this week.

Taylor Wimpey are holding a public consultation exhibition on their detailed plans on Thursday, August 4.

After a public enquiry, Taylor Wimpey were finally given permission last year for the Harlow Grange housing development on the land next to the Pinewoods, opposite RHS Harlow Carr.

Although not supporters of the plan, Pinewoods Conservation Group are hoping to help reduce the impact on the woods and its wildlife - and do the best for local residents.

A spokesperson fo Pinewoods Conservation Group said: “Although we still feel the site is less than idea for development, we are looking forward to a positive relationship with Taylor Wimpey as we have had with other developers such as Miller Homes and Linden Homes on other neighbouring developments.

"With a large improvement fund available there is also an opportunity within this early engagement phase to investigate some long standing issues, such as cycling provision in the area, and ensure that plans take account of both the needs of other residents and Pinewoods users.”

“We are encouraging all our members and supporters to visit the exhibition where possible and make their thoughts known to the developers and ourselves.

"Now outline planning has been granted we want to make sure that any impact the woods and the wildlife within it is kept to a minimum, both at the construction stage and following.”

The exhibition will take place at Rossett Sports Centre from 3pm to 7pm and representatives of the development team will be there to discuss the proposals and answer any questions residents may have.

The Pinewoods Conservation Group will discuss plans directly with Taylor Wimpey management to reduce impact on the woods and its wildlife.

It may also look to make a formal submission in response to the detailed plans submitted to Harrogate Council.