PLANNED ROAD CLOSURE NOTIFICATION – 23815, Station Lane, Burton Leonard (Complete Drainage and Re-Surfacing Works)    

PLANNED ROAD CLOSURE NOTIFICATION – 23815, Station Lane, Burton Leonard (Complete Drainage and Re-Surfacing Works)

The Closure will be in place for a period of 21 days between 2nd December 2019 and 22nd December 2019

The Road Closure and any associated Diversion Routes can be viewed using this URL link 


North Yorkshire County Council

Subject: PROPOSAL: Partial demolition of Primrose House, demolition of commercial buildings and erection of 30 dwellings with alterations to access, LOCATION:Primrose House Copgrove Road Burton Leonard Harrogate HG3 3SR, APP NUMBER:19/03854/FULMAJ

Good evening Burton Leonard residents
Burton Leonard Parish Council (BLPC), like many from the village who made representations, supported the original proposal for the development of the Alfred Hymas site.
Subsequently BLPC were then requested to respond to, what was at the time, the latest Wharfedale Homes amendment to the Alfred Hymas site redevelopment proposals by 28th October. BLPC responded on 26th October with an objection based upon the following grounds.
Surface Water Drainage
BLPC has consistently raised concerns on surface water drainage during the last 3-4 years in connection with various Planning Applications to the south/east of the village from Loxley Homes and Jomast Developments. These relate to uncertainty and lack of detail in all proposals (and the current Hymas site proposal seems no different and potentially uses the same drainage ‘assets’) as to how surface water will be ultimately disposed of.
There is considerable potential for cumulative impacts (even allowing for attenuation on individual sites) on either the existing surface water system and properties served by it and/or combined foul sewer if the latter was to be the ultimate solution under the Drainage Hierarchy. NYCC LLFA, Swale and Ure Drainage Board and Yorkshire Water have also set out their own ‘technical’ objections over the past 3-4 years on each of the various Planning Applications. Drawing on local experience, BLPC therefore concurs with the inputs from these other Statutory Consultees – and especially those made by NYCC LLFA in its input to this Planning Application BLPC concludes that insufficient detailed information has been provided regarding the impact upon flood risk and drainage from the current Hymas site proposals.
It has not been satisfactorily demonstrated, in the form of a hydrological assessment, that the proposal would not have an adverse effect on receiving drainage networks. It is also BLPC’s great concern that if this development is allowed to go ahead without a hydrological assessment then other developers would ask for the same relaxation of such a condition. (The already approved nearby ‘Loxley Homes Phase 1’ using the same drainage ‘asset’ being the most obvious example).
Parking and Traffic Impacts
There is inadequate parking provision in the development when consideration is given to each home having at probably two cars for personal use as well as visitors from time to time. Development will be totally reliant upon the home owners having multiple cars as there are very limited bus services serving the village (the village is fortunate to have a service – but it is a roughly ‘every 2 hours daytime service’ Monday to Saturday with poor timings relative to a normal working day for those wishing to commute to work).
There are, of course, no employment opportunities in the village to mitigate travel in the context of the additional housing growth in the current proposal.
There are no parking facilities in the village or road-side parking to accommodate any extra vehicles that ‘spill over’ from the developed site and the existing almost bumper to bumper parking on the village’s road arteries mean that at times it is a very hazardous village to drive through. The further increase in peak-time traffic flow will also impact already difficult junctions – such as at Wormald Green turning onto the A61 where Station Lane joins.
Details of materials and finishes are limited but it seems clear from layout plans that they are likely to be of inferior quality (notably the use of Eternit Rivendale slates and Wienerberger Shire Pantiles throughout and with no guarantee that ‘real’ stone (as opposed to ‘Marshallite’ reconstituted) will be used on any properties. The development site lies within (in part) or adjacent to the village’s conservation area. If HBC is minded to grant planning permission then a planning condition within any approval should be for use of ‘real’ stone (without substitution), variations in brick stock to blend with surrounding vernaculars, mix of ‘real’ slate and ‘real’ clay pantiles.”
Wharfedale Homes continue to submit amendments, there have been many changes to the original proposal, the very latest being 7th November and it is difficult and confusing keeping abreast of them. BLPC are working on the response to be sent by 15th November.
BLPC have been invited to speak at the HBC Planning Committee Meeting to be held on 19th November 2019, starting at 2:00pm at the Council Chamber, Civic Centre, St Luke’s Avenue, Harrogate HG1 2AE.
We fully appreciate that this is very short notice however we respectfully request that you submit representations voicing any concerns that you may have to HBC by 15th November.
Any questions please do not hesitate to contact anyone on the BLPC.
Many thanks

Our Beaver Scouts section is in danger of closing due to lack of leaders.

We are in danger of losing a valuable community asset in the village. Our Beaver Scouts section is in danger of closing due to lack of leaders. We have a thriving Cub Section and Scout Section and until now the Beaver Section has had 2 very good leaders who stepped up just 18 months ago when it looked like the Beavers would fold then. Unfortunately, the 2 leaders have now had to stand down due to a change in their own circumstances and we are again facing the possibility of no Beaver section.
I will be at the village hall in Burton Leonard at 6.15pm on Friday 6th September If anyone is interested in helping or knows someone who might be willing, please come along to the hall then. Alternatively, please contact me either by phone: 01765 601540 or by email: and I will happily arrange to meet with you.
It will be a great pity of we lost the Beaver Section, who currently come from Burton Leonard, Bishop Monkton, Markington and surrounding area. Please help us to save this section of young people from folding.
It would be great if we could get a small team of adults together that would take this on. If you or you know of anyone that would be willing to help us then please contact me on the email or phone number shown above.
Alys (Allardyce)
Group Scout Leader

Update on Village Roadworks

NYCC Highways has written to Burton Leonard Parish Council advising that most of the resurfacing works in Burton Leonard will be completed on Tuesday 27 August. However, some work will remain to be done on Copgrove Road. NYCC Highways has advised us that its contractor will not be working on Sunday 25 August, but they will be working on Sunday 1 September and if any works then still remain, these will be completed the following Sunday (8 September). The contractors should be informing affected residents and businesses – particularly the Hymas HGV yard. NYCC Highways has apologised for the over-run of these works.


Date: Fri, 09 Aug 2019 09:34:46 +0000 (UTC)
Following the start of the consultation on the Main Modifications to the Harrogate District Local Plan, the Council is running an additional consultation on Main Modification MM162a: Phasing, Delivery and Windfall allowance.  This will run from 9 August until 20 September.  This is necessary as this Main Modification was omitted from the schedule. The accompanying Sustainability Appraisal has also been updated.
In light of this, the Cabinet Member for Planning has made the decision to extend the existing consultation period on the Main Modifications, associated documents and the additional Sustainability Appraisal work on the broad locations for growth to ensure that the consultations are aligned.
The consultation for all documents will now finish at 4.30pm on Friday 20 September 2019.
All documents and details of how to respond to the consultation can be found at
If you have any queries please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01423 556586 or email