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Sale of land would ‘pave streets of Skipton with gold’
11:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
The sale of a green field where councillors have given outline approval for a new housing estate would generate enough money to “pave the streets of Skipton with gold”, it was claimed.
Suggestions that the plot off Raikes Road, Skipton, would be worth at least £1.5 million were quickly dismissed by Coun John Kerwin-Davey, who said it was worth even more.
He was responding to comments about the value of the 2.45 hectare plot of land which is being sold by the Tarn Moor Trust.
The outline plan has sparked fierce opposition from nearby residents, about 50 of whom turned up at Craven District Council’s planning committee meeting on Friday to plead for the project to be refused.
Coun Kerwin-Davey, who as a Skipton Town Councillor is a custodian of the Tarn Moor estate, decided to put people right about the value of the land.
He said: “This land is worth substantially more than a million and a half pounds. There will be enough money in the profits from this sale to pave the streets of Skipton.”
Coun Kerwin-Davey was the only councillor to vote against the outline plan, by builders Wooler, to construct 50 homes including 20 affordable houses.
Councillors approved the application after hearing there were no grounds for refusal, especially in the light of new rules within the National Planning Policy Framework, introduced by the Government.
Planning officer Roger France said: “The site has no special environmental designation and is located on the edge of the main town.
“Education, community and other facilities are already accessible and there are public transport services nearby.”
Commenting on claims the application was flawed, he defended planners and said there was no reasonable ground to challenge the way it had been prepared.
In approving the scheme, councillors agreed to a condition which would oblige the developer to contribute a sum of money to the town’s educational infrastructure.
They had earlier heard Jo Tamsons, one of 125 objectors, appeal for the site to be protected as a green field, especially as it was part of the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales.
She was critical of the density, saying that if the plot was superimposed nearby, the number of homes on the plot would number just 24.
Alison Griffin, clerk and co-chairman of Stirton with Thorlby Parish Meeting, said White Hills Lane, which bordered the other side of the plot, was already used as a rat-run from the A65 and the development was likely to increase traffic hazards and threaten road safety.
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