Green Hammerton Parish Council

A TOWN THE SIZE OF TADCASTER ON YOUR DOORSTEP

To our residents,

Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) is preparing a new Local Plan to meet the District need for new houses. HBC has decided that it will choose either Flaxby or Green Hammerton as a ‘new settlement’ for 2,500 to 3,000 new houses.

The Impact

The size of the new settlement is roughly the size of a town like Tadcaster or twice the size of Boroughbridge. It will be built between Whixley Cross and Kirk Hammerton both South and North of the A59 (see map overleaf). The rural villages of Green Hammerton and Kirk Hammerton will be dominated by an urban development of closely packed houses. The Redrow development already approved gives an idea.

The Choice

The Parish Councils of Green Hammerton, Kirk Hammerton and Whixley believe that Flaxby is a better site to choose. Flaxby is already set to go, a large part is a disused golf course and it is positioned next to a planned employment area. Here are some of the pros and cons:

Pros                                                                             Cons

Green Hammerton

Half way between Harrogate and York            COST – Infrastructure: schools, water++

Railway stations                                                      DELIVERY – Many landowners

Single promoter                                                        Impact on existing communities

                                                                                      Loss of a large amount of farmland

                                                                                      No jobs

                                                                                      A59 congested already

                                                                                      Impact on landscape

                                                                                      Impact on J47 of A1(M) NB Incinerator traffic also

Flaxby

Largely a disused golf course                               COST – Infrastructure: schools, water ++

Plans already in progress to develop                Proximity to A1(M)

Lower cost                                                                 Infrastructure costs

Few owners                                                               Loss of some farmland

Can use heat from incinerator

Next to employment area

Railway line

New roundabout already built

Easier to supply gas and electricity

                                                                       

What can you do?

You can write to HBC to give them your views.

It is the number and quality of the comments that have an effect.

Harrogate Borough Council, Planning Services, PO Box 787, Harrogate HG1 9RW

Email: planningcomments@harrogate.gov.uk

Or you can go online to the consultation document – a word of warning… The consultation document is HUGE and difficult. We have set up a new page on the GH Village website with advice and links to get you directly to the right places. Click HERE to go to the new GH website page.

Letters may also be put in the ‘Mail box’ behind the Parish Council noticeboard (by the telephone kiosk) and we will take them all to HBC.

You have until 23 December to do something. Please ACT NOW!