Get in touch: send your photos, videos, news & views by texting YORK to 80360 or send an email»
Kirkbymoorside housing development set for approval
A CONTROVERSIAL housing development in a Ryedale town is set to be given the go-ahead, only months after planners said they would have to reject the scheme.
Revised proposals by Gladman Developments Ltd for up to 210 homes in Kirkbymoorside, as well as 50 care apartments for the elderly, have been recommended for approval when they are debated by Ryedale District Council’s planning committee next week.
A previous planning application for the Westfields site was discussed by the same committee in June, shortly after the developers had confirmed they would be appealing against delays by the council in making a decision on the scheme.
The authority’s planning officials had said at the time that it should be blocked because it did not include enough affordable housing and because of doubts over whether enough land was being provided for the future expansion of Kirkbymoorside Community Primary School.
A public inquiry is due to be held at the start of September, but Gladman has since submitted a new application which planner Shaun Robson, in a written report, said had “satisfactorily addressed” the previous issues.
It said the developers had agreed to 35 per cent of the houses – up to 73 homes — being affordable and North Yorkshire County Council, the education authority for the area, had no objections over the amount of land provided for the school’s expansion.
Kirkbymoorside Town Council has opposed the development and 51 other objections have been sent to the council.
Reasons given for opposition to the scheme include claims the scheme is too big, that it will damage archaeological deposits, lead to flooding and use up green belt land, as well as concerns over whether the area has the facilities to cope with hundreds of new residents.
Mr Robson’s report said Ryedale did not currently have a five-year supply of housing land, and the construction work could be carried out in a way which did not disrupt local residents.
It said: “The site lies adjacent to existing housing and is well-related to the built-up area of Kirkbymoorside, and the development includes the provision of affordable housing, education contributions, land available for the future expansion of the school and a contribution towards highway improvements.”
Comments are closed on this article.