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Approval of Tarn Moor homes plan recommended
9:00am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
Controversial plans to build houses on land owned by a Skipton charitable trust are due to be decided tomorrow.
Trustees of the Tarn Moor Trust want to sell the land bordered by the A65 at the edge of town off Raikes Road to a developer to build about 50 homes.
Members of Craven District Council’s planning committee will be told that the development is acceptable and should be approved.
They will hear that 127 people have written to object to the development and there was just one letter in support.
The representations include 34-page and 22-page documents from one individual described by officers as “a particularly individual and personal interpretation of both the law and planning procedure”.
The report to committee explains that a major thrust of the objection is whether the trust has the legal right to sell the land – which is not a planning consideration.
Objectors have also raised issues with officers about the number of houses required to be built in Craven, which resulted in a meeting between the council’s spatial planning manager and a resident to explain the figures, with the two agreeing to disagree.
Councillors will be told the scheme will go towards the council’s housing shortfall.
Objectors, including Stirton Parish Meeting, have also raised concerns about additional traffic, the harm on the rural character of the area and the loss of grazing land, as well as a loss of privacy for existing residents.
An outline planning application was submitted for the site 13 years ago, but later withdrawn.
Skipton Town Council, as custodial trustee, has reluctantly signed a document giving the go-ahead for the sale of the land after its members were advised the trustees were acting legally and the council itself could be liable if it chose to delay.
Its planning committee has also not commented about the application after its chairman raised a pecuniary (financial) interest as a managing trustee and others declared a non pecuniary interest as custodian trustees.
Tomorrow’s planning meeting will be held at the council offices in Belle Vue Square at 1.35pm.
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