Proposed Major House Development on Scarah Lane

THIS AFFECTS YOU AND YOUR VILLAGE: PLANNING APPLICATION FOR 42 NEW HOUSES NEXT TO FLATS HOUSE SCARAH LANE

  • Loxley Homes has applied to build 42 new homes in the field to the south of and owned by Flats House.
  • While we are not anti-development and some villagers may welcome or accept the development, we are seeking to prevent some of the worst effects of the plan presented.
  • There are many problems and issues for the village as a whole arising from the plan.
  • Villagers are asked to register their issues and/or objections with Harrogate Borough Council as soon as possible and, in any event, before 19 January 2016.
  • WE CANNOT RELY ON THE PARISH COUNCIL TO RESPOND AS IT IS ESSENTIALLY ONLY ONE ADVISORY VOICE. IT IS THE VOLUME OF INDIVIDUAL RESPONSES THAT COUNTS.
  • You can comment online at http://uniformonline.harrogate.gov.uk/online-applications/ or write to Harrogate Borough Council Planning Services, PO Box 787, Harrogate, HG1 9RW, QUOTING APPLICATION NUMBER 15/05084/FULMAJ.

 

Some of the critical issues and problems are set out below:

  • Highways: it is proposed that the main entrance to the site will be from Scarah Lane, in the direction from the village centre. This is an existing established narrow winding lane without footpaths, used frequently by children walking to and from school as well as the elderly, dog walkers and horse riders and is entirely unsuitable for significantly higher levels of traffic. Additionally it should be noted that it is part of Ripon Rowel. If the development went ahead as planned a significant number of additional vehicles, in addition to the 80 new resident vehicles would be using the village streets, particularly Scarah Lane.
  • Parking: the proposed passing places on Scarah Lane specifically include the West Terrace parking area. This will mean around 10 existing cars needing to be parked in the village centre, plus any overflow from the development and maintenance vehicles.
  • Number and density of new housing: 42 new houses are far too many for a village like Burton Leonard and this may be only the first phase, two further fields are in the same ownership lying directly adjacent to the proposed site. The density of new housing across 1.4 hectares, with minimal public open space is also markedly too great and out of keeping and context with the village.
  • Social housing: the proposals contain plans for around 16 social houses, being national planning policy. The village already has inadequate transport and employment infrastructure, unable to support the lower income families typically so housed.
  • Schooling: the school is currently full and oversubscribed and is likely to remain so, contrary to the claims by the developer.
  • Flooding: such levels of additional development will place enormous pressure on local drainage. The developer’s proposal to create a balancing pond will only lead to either an eyesore or a safety hazard for our children.
  • Overall suitability: Burton Leonard is a tranquil village where residents walk or ride along Scarah Lane in peace and safety. The development as contemplated would damage our quality of life and severely undermine the reasons why we chose to live here in the first place.

 

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO USE/AMEND THE ABOVE POINTS IN YOUR COMMENTS TO THE COUNCIL BEFORE 19 JANUARY 2015 .

 

THE VILLAGE PARISH COUNCIL WILL MEET AT 7.30PM ON MONDAY, 4TH JANUARY AT ST. LEONARD’S HALL TO DISCUSS THIS MATTER AND YOUR ATTENDANCE IS ENCOURAGED.

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