Bid to build 145 homes on North Yorkshire farmland for ‘small families and couples’

Hambleton District Council’s planning committee will consider on Thursday (March 10) a proposal from Church Commissioners for England to build up to 145 houses on 4.8 hectares of farmland on the east side of Stokesley Road, 1.3 km northeast of Northallerton town centre. .

The bid site is part of a larger site recently cemented into the Hambleton local plan covering 31.4 hectares, which is expected to see around 485 homes built, as well as land for a primary school, open space, infrastructure green and an internal link road linking Stokesley Road. and Bullamoor Road.

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The site was part of the vast North Northallerton Estate, which has been in development since 2010.

Homes could be built on farmland off Stokesley Road in Northallerton

The authority has previously approved plans to build 900 houses, a school, a new link road, a rail bridge and commercial and leisure facilities in the area, but recent proposals for commercial developments have seen residents express concerns. fears that some of the public buildings and spatial elements of the master plan would never materialize.

In planning documents submitted to council, developers’ officers said the latest proposal was intended to “integrate positive principles of sustainable urban design, build good relationships and make a positive contribution to the local environment and create a better and more sustainable place where people will want to live”.

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Developers say the predominance of two- and three-bedroom properties on the proposed estate reflects council’s aim to increase the number of homes for small families and couples in the area.

The developer’s statement adds that the level of affordable housing provision would be subject to negotiation, an approach which planning officers say is acceptable, but 30% affordable housing provision will likely be required.

However, many residents have raised concerns about how infrastructure such as roads and drainage in the area will cope with the piecemeal developments in an area they say is already suffering from flooding, road safety and traffic.

A letter of objection to council states; “The strategy for the area requires that it be considered as a whole in terms of planning considerations such as access, drainage, design etc. The current request does not take into account the need to consider the larger site.

“Nothing in the application documents indicates that there will be any contribution to the development costs of the North Northallerton area. It is an infrastructure that allows the proposed development, and without contributing to it, it seeks a “free ride” on the back of the works and equipment already carried out and which will be provided in the future.

A planning officer’s report to the meeting states that while site drainage has “proved to be problematic and the proposed disposal of surface water to the existing surface sewer is not ideal”, agencies public had accepted subject to conditions being imposed on the development, the proposals were acceptable.

He adds: “Issues relating to residential amenity and road safety in terms of development will be examined in more detail when submitting the reserved questions. However, there is no reason to expect these matters not to be entirely within the policy.”

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