Decision day for North Yorkshire 200+ homes bid

York Press: Decision day for North Yorkshire 200+ homes bid Decision day for North Yorkshire 200+ homes bid

A DECISION date looms for a controversial planning application that could see more than 200 new homes built in a small North Yorkshire town.

Gladman Developments have applied for planning permission to build 225 homes on fields near Kirkbymoorside, months after an earlier application for the same site was inadvertently approved when a committee member pressed the wrong button on an electronic voting unit.

The earlier decision on the scheme for Westfields, Kirkbymoorside, is now facing Judicial Review, but the developers have since submitted a revised scheme for 225 homes - 15 more than the original plans - and have removed a residential care facilities from the plans.

The new application is set to be discussed at an extraordinary meeting of Ryedale District Council’s planning committee on February 4, when it will meet at Lady Lumley’s School in Pickering.

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10:46am Mon 20 Jan 14

Brian G0AHC says...

Kirkbymoorside appears to be a test case for rapacious firms such as Gladman to plunder our countryside, across the land, merely for profit of the landowners and developers.
If approved, twelve hectares of productive land, historic views and footpaths outside the town will be buried under concrete for ever - for no proven local need - then stall for lack of take-up. Who will live there, even in 'affordable housing', if work opportunities and transport are absent?
I hope that all concerned about the preservation of the character of our towns will make their presence felt on 4th Feb.
Kirkbymoorside appears to be a test case for rapacious firms such as Gladman to plunder our countryside, across the land, merely for profit of the landowners and developers. If approved, twelve hectares of productive land, historic views and footpaths outside the town will be buried under concrete for ever - for no proven local need - then stall for lack of take-up. Who will live there, even in 'affordable housing', if work opportunities and transport are absent? I hope that all concerned about the preservation of the character of our towns will make their presence felt on 4th Feb. Brian G0AHC
  • Score: 8

12:16pm Mon 20 Jan 14

RooBeck says...

Maybe there should be a compulsory, pre-meeting test of all councillors for colour blindness, correctly counting the number of fingers/digits of both hands and knowing their left from their right!! Though everyone can occasionally succumb to a faux pas, the previous mistake really does question the professional application of some of these councils and their officials/representa
tives, towards such serious considerations. If the good people of Ryedale/Kirkbymoorsi
de need to compare the manner in which properly highlighted and presented public disquiet which outlined strong, sustained, majority opposition by local communities to these over-sized, un-sustainable developments, then, look no further than Sowerby Gateway in nearby Thirsk in the Hambleton District Council area. (An on-going, 900+ housing development). Just up the A19/A172, there is a similar (though smaller proposed development, by Gladmans), in the Great Ayton area - once again in Hambleton District and which to an extent, mirrors the Kirkbymoorside proposals and strong local concerns over it's likely impact to agricultural land. What came across during the Sowerby application, was that majority, local opposition - people power if you will - had only a limited impact and that these applications appear to tick the right boxes when it comes to local authority/national government policy and the developers have it much their own way with the official processes. Something, that concerned people should consider when electioneering and elections next come round in their areas?
Maybe there should be a compulsory, pre-meeting test of all councillors for colour blindness, correctly counting the number of fingers/digits of both hands and knowing their left from their right!! Though everyone can occasionally succumb to a faux pas, the previous mistake really does question the professional application of some of these councils and their officials/representa tives, towards such serious considerations. If the good people of Ryedale/Kirkbymoorsi de need to compare the manner in which properly highlighted and presented public disquiet which outlined strong, sustained, majority opposition by local communities to these over-sized, un-sustainable developments, then, look no further than Sowerby Gateway in nearby Thirsk in the Hambleton District Council area. (An on-going, 900+ housing development). Just up the A19/A172, there is a similar (though smaller proposed development, by Gladmans), in the Great Ayton area - once again in Hambleton District and which to an extent, mirrors the Kirkbymoorside proposals and strong local concerns over it's likely impact to agricultural land. What came across during the Sowerby application, was that majority, local opposition - people power if you will - had only a limited impact and that these applications appear to tick the right boxes when it comes to local authority/national government policy and the developers have it much their own way with the official processes. Something, that concerned people should consider when electioneering and elections next come round in their areas? RooBeck
  • Score: 4

1:42pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Roger S says...

As a tiny populace district we have a buffer of 200 homes to protect our 5 year supply and efficacy of our local plan. Yet our council recommends the approval of schemes of up to 280 homes. How can that make sense or be healthy?
As a tiny populace district we have a buffer of 200 homes to protect our 5 year supply and efficacy of our local plan. Yet our council recommends the approval of schemes of up to 280 homes. How can that make sense or be healthy? Roger S
  • Score: 3

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