From Green Hammerton Parish Council
IMPORTANT – Response to Redrow Development Plans
Since 2010 the fields behind Stoneleigh Gate and to the junction of the A59 and B6265 Boroughbridge Road, known as West Fields, have been under consideration for new housing development. Harrogate Borough Council Planning Committee included this site as part of its then plan to meet the requirement to build more homes in this district, initially approving up to 130 houses but then reducing the number to 63 on half the site when objections were raised. That overall plan was subsequently withdrawn.
The arrival of prospective developers, Redrow Homes, at a consultation event in the village has signalled the renewed intention to develop West Fields. Whilst this was an initial consultation, Redrow are preparing to submit a detailed planning application for half the site, up to 56 houses, together with an outline application for the whole site with up to 112 houses being built in a second phase.
It is crucial that the village makes similar preparations to raise its concerns to both the developers and to Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) in order to influence these plans. This survey is a key part of how the residents of Green Hammerton make their voices heard.
Those concerns will include the impact any development will have on the number of cars in the village and wanting access to the busy A59, the increased demands upon the village’s infrastructure including sewerage, school and surgery as well as the loss of a green-field area within the village boundary. There is also the prospect of a separate development application for up to 20 new homes on Yardley’s field, the land behind the school bordered by Bernard Lane and St Thomas’s Way. These concerns and others are already identified and will be used in seeking to influence the developers and HBC Planning Committee at an early stage.
So that any coordinated response by the parish council to Redrow Homes and HBC reflects the views of residents, your opinion is being sought. This does not mean that your individual response won’t be needed; it is vital as many residents as possible get involved, and you will have an opportunity at some stage to respond personally within the application process.
Below are links to the online survey and to a printable version of the survey.