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Linden Homes plan housing scheme next to Strensall Common
DEVELOPERS hope to start work on more than 100 new homes next to a protected York common early next year if the scheme is approved.
Linden Homes has begun laying the ground to submit full proposals for a housing estate on land at Brecks Lane in Strensall to City of York Council after providing planners with a scoping report for the site, covering issues such as environmental and transport matters.
The company intends to hand in plans for 104 homes on the four-hectare patch of land, about 500 metres away from Strensall Common, which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Conservation Area.
The report, sent to planning officials by consultants Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners, said the houses would be a mixture of two to five-bedroom homes and would include affordable housing, if ultimately approved.
“It is anticipated the development would begin in early 2014, with a completion date of around summer 2017,” said the report.
“Consultation with City of York Council and Natural England indicates there are concerns the development may potentially impact upon Strensall Common.”
The firm’s report said construction work was not expected to cause any harm to the common. The main areas of concern were whether it would be affected by more people using it, either from moving to the new development or because they currently use Brecks Lane for recreation.
It said a survey of visitor habits suggested an extra ten people a day would use the common.
“The assessment concluded this will not have a significant impact upon the integrity of the habitat.”
The development could see Strensall’s population grow by about five per cent, as about 300 people would be expected to live there, but the consultants said the current road network could cope with the influx of new residents.
They said Huntington School also had the capacity to cater for extra secondary-age places, but the developers would make a financial contribution towards more places at Robert Wilkinson Primary School, while public open space would also be provided as part of the housing scheme.
The Brecks Lane site was identified as having the potential for 82 houses in City of York Council’s draft Local Plan, which envisages 22,000 new homes being built across the city by 2030.
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