Burton Leonard Parish Council – Planning Issues

Good afternoon All


We, Burton Leonard Parish Council (BLPC), thought it prudent that we should bring you up to date with all that  we are doing to address the various planning developments. Burton Leonard continues to be targeted by opportune developers. It is important that villagers consider the cumulative effect of what is happening and how the village is in danger of losing its identity. The attached jpg file is an overall view of the developments. The village already has a real major issue with flooding and sewage, and the drainage strategies proposed are not accurate nor robust enough to ensure the village is not impacted further.


BLPC has been extremely active assessing/making inputs/representations/objections on many Loxley Homes Phase 1 changes to the planning conditions that have recently proposed by Loxley Homes (such as proposed drainage, highways, house type designs and materials of construction) since BLPC has evaluated them and found them either deficient or negative. The links for these are shown in the FURTHER ACTIONS REQUESTED OF VILLAGERS section below. If you can remember these were conditions imposed on Loxley Homes by the Secretary of State’s Planning Inspector. It is incumbent on us all to ensure these planning conditions imposed on Loxley Homes are adhered to.

Due to a diligent villager who found the site being cleared and who urgently brought it to our attention, work has now stopped on site until the planning conditions are met in full. The planning condition breached in this particular case was that all specified highway works have to be done before any other work is done on site.  If you feel strongly about this please fill in an enforcement form using the link below.. The relevant Planning code for this site is 16/01869/FULMAJ  and the address is Flats House, Scarah Lane. HG3 3RS



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Regarding the Loxley Homes Phase 2 planning application, BLPC is re-evaluating its original objections from 2016 to Loxley Home’s previously withdrawn Phase 2 application and there is nothing presented by Loxley Homes in support of its re-application (nor in relation to Loxley Home’s Phase 1 planning appeal success) that changes the BLPC’s 2016 assessment.

All villagers are respectfully requested to URGENTLY object to Loxley Homes Phase 2 planning application. The official deadline for this has been extended and villagers are requested to get their representations in ASAP.

So this is for, Outline application for the erection of 37 dwellinghouses with access considered. Ref. No. 19/00068/OUTMAJ, Flats House, Scarah Lane, Burton Leonard, HG3 3RS.

Please use link: https://uniformonline.harrogate.gov.uk/online-applications/caseDetails.do?action=dispatch&keyVal=PL0VYKHYIJR00&caseType=Application


Jomast’s planning application is back with the developer for further work on the application – especially in relation to drainage, archaeology and affordable housing component.


BLPC fully appreciate that this is very frustrating work and many villagers have become disenfranchised because they don’t feel that their voice is being heard. Please, your representations matter. Please get them in.

Even though some official deadlines may have passed, villagers are respectfully requested to review and to object to the variations, there is still time.  At the time of going to press there are five (5) of them, but it would be great if we could get some representations against these two below.

Variation 1 has changes to the design of the houses such that the new designs have no architectural merit, just square boxes and red brick instead of limestone

Variation 2 means that all the road improvements will not have to be done until the end of the construction of the development with huge road safety ramifications.

1.            Application for the variation of condition 2 (approved plans) of planning permission 16/01869/FULMAJ to allow alterations to approved house types.  Ref. No: 19/00324/DVCMAJ, please use link: https://uniformonline.harrogate.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=PLSNZEHYIOR00&activeTab=summary

2.            Variation of conditions 14, 16, 17 and 18 of planning permission 16/01869/FULMAJ to allow highway works to be completed prior to occupation rather than prior to commencement of works. Ref. No: 19/00286/DVCMAJ please use link: https://uniformonline.harrogate.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=PLQTAVHYIO900&activeTab=summary

As a footnote, if you do only do one representation please make it against the Loxley Homes Phase 2 planning application.

Best regards

Keith Townson
2019 combined

Loxley Phase 2

Good afternoon All

In an attempt to eliminate any confusion regarding the status of the new planning applications, variations to existing planning applications and the deadlines to get our representations in I spoke with Andy Hough, one of the HBC case officers involved with Loxley’s applications. He confirmed that the extension to the deadline that has been granted to BLPC applies to all. However saying this he did then say it is preferable to get representations in ASAP.

BLOG’s Planning Consultant, Richard, is drafting group objections to all of the various applications that are in at the moment. About half of these require input from other professionals, these people have all been commissioned and their input is expected soon. Once these inputs have been received from the other consultants Richard will be producing a guide for the village to use to make representations on the Loxley 2 planning application.

It is recommended that you get at least one representation against Loxley phase 2 from your household in now, meeting their official deadline. Use the last representation that you used for Loxley phase 1 including all the previous points focusing on the unsustainability. This is top priority.

Then when we get the consolidated objection from BLOG it is recommended that you put another representation in from your household using the advice given in the consolidated objection, using another household member.

The various changes on Loxley phase 1 are technical in nature and best handled by technical responses from BLPC and BLOG, and the deadlines are short, so if your time is short don’t waste it on these, however if you have the time there is nothing wrong in submitting representations on these too.
Best regards
Keith Townson