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Flooding fears after new estate in Settle approved
An estate of 37 new homes can be built on the outskirts of Settle after Craven councillors approved detailed plans.
Craven District Council’s planning committee heard representations from angry residents who were concerned the development off Ingfield Lane could create a possible flood risk.
But the meeting heard that the scheme already had outline planning consent, given in January, 2011, and the principle of development had been established.
It was further pointed out that the scheme would not go ahead without an approved flood risk assessment and drainage strategy.
Councillors were told the Environment Agency had contacted officers after residents had raised concerns.
Although it did have some worries, it said they were not sufficient to recommend refusal and called for conditions to be put on the application.
The Skipton Properties scheme will include ten four bedroom homes, 12 three bedroom and 15 two bedroom affordable homes.
All will be two storey, a new road will access the site off Ingfield Lane, there will be 48 parking spaces on driveways, with an additional 23 in garages, and there will be an area of public open space next to the entrance.
In addition, Skipton Properties has agreed to pay £20,000 towards the provision of off-site sports facilities.
Resident Carmel Ramwell claimed that the development would have a significant impact on the ecology of Settle.
She said the area flooded and suggested “collusion” between the council and Skipton Properties.
Jay Everett, agent for Skipton Properties, said some objections had been “spurious”.
He said there would be a strategy to cope with drainage and guaranteed there would be no flood risk issues connected with the site.
“There are no planning reasons to refuse this application. It delivers homes that are needed and much needed affordable housing in Settle,” he said.
Coun Alan Sutcliffe (Con, Gargrave) said flood issues would be dealt with by conditions and recommended approval in line with officer’s recommendations.
Coun Ken Hart (Ind, Sutton) pointed out that the scheme already had outline planning permission and added that the detailed plans were an improvement on the outline plans previously approved.