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114-home development off North Parade, Skipton, recommended for approval
8:00am Saturday 9th March 2013 in News
A scheme to build 114 new houses on farmland off North Parade, Skipton, is set to be given outline planning permission next week.
The estate of new homes, including 40 per cent “affordable” and a small convenience store, will be accessed by a new road off North Parade, with a pedestrian access off Greatwood Avenue.
Submitted by Keyhaven Homes, the application is being recommended for approval when Craven District Council’s planning committee meets on Monday, but councillors will be told that nine letters of objection have been received, including one signed by six residents of Hollingworth Close.
No comment has been received by Skipton Town Council, which had to declare an interest after agreeing to sell a strip of land at North Parade where the proposed access is likely to be.
Objections have been made ranging from pressure on the infrastructure of the area, to loss of views and urban sprawl. Fears have also been raised of disturbance to archaeological sites such as the nearby Roman road.
But officers say permission should be granted, subject to conditions including the provision of public open space and children’s play areas, and £231,000 for Greatwood Primary School for the expected influx of new children.
Councillors will also hear that Craven is 158 dwellings short of its five year housing supply of 960.
Dave Parker, chief officer for Skipton Town Council, said: “The developer’s proposals include an access point to the site using a small section of land owned by the town council. As a cash sum will be received from the sale of this land should the development go ahead, it is not appropriate for the council to comment at the outline planning stage.”
The planning meeting will take place at 1.30pm at the district council’s offices in Belle Vue Square, Skipton.