Killinghall villagers are campaigning to ‘savetheir village’
after a second housing plan has been submitted which could see the village swell by almost 30 per cent.
Campaigners say if the plans go ahead, the number of houses in the village would increase by 29 per cent and the village atmosphere would be lost.
Killinghall resident Simon Wall who has lived in the village for 10 years said plans for 84 houses on land off Picking Croft Lane are premature.
He said: “The council’s Local Development Framework is still in its draft format, therefore any planning applications are premature and should be rejected until the policy has been accepted and passed.”
Mr and Mrs Fawcett have applied to Harrogate Borough Council for outline planning permission to built 84 houses on 2.9 acres of land at Picking Croft Lane on the south west of the village.
The site is included in the draft LDF for 60 houses.
This application follows on from developers Carter Jonas’ application to build 62 houses at Crag Lane near the cricket ground, a site which was allocated for 50 houses in the draft LDF.
Mr Wall said he felt that Killinghall was being forced to take too many houses in the district.
“How many other villages in the district are getting two developments?” he said.
“North Yorkshire County Council is skint, there is only eight places left at Killinghall School and four at Hampsthwaite so how can they accommodate all the children moving into the new homes.”
He added: “My heart is telling me both sites will get developed on but my wife has lived here for 41 years, she wants to keep the village atmosphere.
“Ideally developers would have to build on brownfield sites before they could build on greenfield sites here. I’d like to see plan removed until the draft LDF is approved.”
Campaigners have questioned the applicants’ traffic survey, claiming their own surveys recorded more traffic.
But Joe Isle from plannign agent SDS Consultancy said that discrepancies could be caused by nearby roadworks.
. For more informtation see the campaign website - www.savekillinghallvillage.co.uk