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Jobs fears surround homes plans
11:00am Monday 7th October 2013 in News
PROPOSALS to build nearly 500 houses in Hambleton and Richmondshire have moved forward despite concerns about a lack of jobs for new occupants.
David Wilson Homes has lodged an application to amend a controversial scheme to build 244 homes on the northern outskirts of Northallerton, while Richmondshire councillors have given outline planning permission for 250 homes on an eyesore site in Colburn.
The 20-acre development on the former York Trailers site in Yafforth Road, Northallerton received approval subject to numerous conditions in May but the builder wants to alter house types to provide more family homes.
The blueprint, which is set to be considered by Hambleton District Council planners this autumn, includes a large proportion of homes with four or five bedrooms, with the majority being three-bedroom, and the developer has offered to provide 18 per cent affordable housing.
Northallerton Mayor John Forrest said the town council would discuss the plans at its next planning meeting but he had concerns about levels of employment in the town being able to support the development, following the announcement of the closure of the Rural Payments Agency offices and Northallerton Prison.
He said: “The decision will fall to the district but we like to have our say. We need more jobs in the town or at least the area to cater for these people.”