Skipton retail park plan leads to fears for town centre

Craven Herald: An artist’s impression of how the Wyvern Park scheme would look An artist’s impression of how the Wyvern Park scheme would look

Serious concerns about a planned industrial and retail development have been raised by Skipton town councillors.

The Wyvern Park scheme, recently submitted to Craven District Council by Henry Boot Developments, includes industrial units, a Sainsbury’s superstore, and hotel and pub on land between Waltonwrays Cemetery and Sandylands sports centre.

But town councillors – although welcoming the industrial units – have strongly criticised aspects of the development, including its impact on Waltonwrays and issues with traffic.

They have also criticised the retail assessment survey accompanying the application, claiming it uses out of date data and leaves out Keelham Farm Shop – due to open later this year.

The council’s plans and environment committee also heard initial representation from Skipton Civic Society over the impact on the cemetery. It fears flooding and traffic issues.

Joint society chairman Dean Holdawa, said they were so worried, the society had contacted English Heritage with a view to having the cemetery recognised as a heritage site at risk.

Councillor Bernard Clarke said he was very familiar with the site and how it flooded. He added: “My biggest concern is the impact on the cemetery, while building work is taking place and afterwards with all the litter and noise.”

He was also raised the issue of Carleton New Road and its use by delivery drivers relying on Satnavs rather than a new proposed access off the bypass.

And Coun Chris Harbron questioned the need for another supermarket and said the development would effectively create another entrance to the town.

“This retail is going to affect the town and this should be our main focus,” he said.

“This will create a new approach road and the first thing that people will see is a supermarket, it will be welcome to Sainsbury's and not welcome to Skipton.”

Coun John Kerwin-Davey said he was opposed to large multi-national companies taking investment out of the town.

“This would be another multi-national milking reserves out of the local economy,” he said.

In its submission to Craven District Council, which has just come to an end of a month-long consultation period on the plan, the council “broadly” welcomed proposals to strengthen employment opportunities.

However, its welcome is tempered by the retail aspect which the council fears may have an “unacceptable impact on the vitality of the town centre”.

It also raises concerns about the road infrastructure leading to the proposed site being able to cope with a substantial increase in traffic and footfall.

“The council believes any potential impact on the town centre resulting from this proposed development needs to be assessed in detail and extremely carefully. We would urge the planning authority to pay particular attention to this aspect of the application, commissioning its own data if necessary.”

It adds: “Unless any elements of doubt relating to the potential impact on the town centre can be comprehensively addressed, the town council cannot support the application.”

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9:03am Fri 10 Jan 14

willow_wanderer says...

And what about the views of the people living in Willow Way and Burnside Crescent that are overwhelmingly in favour?

It will provide local employment for people in those estates, as well as some local amenties that are sorely needed - we dont always want to travel into town for just a pint of milk!

It will also create much needed, more direct access for them onto proper roads instead of the bottleneck that is the Tesco garage junction.

We may even get access to modern services such as fibre out of the development.

And I honestly dont believe the cemetry and flooding are a major concern as they claim - the cemetry has expansion space left at the side of them - which is the only part of land they own, thus can expand into, and the flooding has been incorporated into the plan with flood sinks and ponds to cope with excess water - have our esteemed councillers looked at the plan at all or are they too busy filling out fraudalent expenses as per the recent audit finds?
And what about the views of the people living in Willow Way and Burnside Crescent that are overwhelmingly in favour? It will provide local employment for people in those estates, as well as some local amenties that are sorely needed - we dont always want to travel into town for just a pint of milk! It will also create much needed, more direct access for them onto proper roads instead of the bottleneck that is the Tesco garage junction. We may even get access to modern services such as fibre out of the development. And I honestly dont believe the cemetry and flooding are a major concern as they claim - the cemetry has expansion space left at the side of them - which is the only part of land they own, thus can expand into, and the flooding has been incorporated into the plan with flood sinks and ponds to cope with excess water - have our esteemed councillers looked at the plan at all or are they too busy filling out fraudalent expenses as per the recent audit finds? willow_wanderer
  • Score: 1

10:25am Fri 10 Jan 14

Skipton Ratepayer says...

The traffic on Carleton Road will get much worse, and the delays at the junction with Keighley Road will lengthen. Although there will be a new slip road off the bypass, most local traffic will still use Carleton Road, and Carleton New Road, with all its parking. One of the firms said to be going there has the most enormous delivery wagons, and they won't all use the bypass - more jams under the low bridge. Skipton doesn't need another supermarket, and people from the new houses can get to the Tesco garage for a pint of milk in just a few minutes.
The traffic on Carleton Road will get much worse, and the delays at the junction with Keighley Road will lengthen. Although there will be a new slip road off the bypass, most local traffic will still use Carleton Road, and Carleton New Road, with all its parking. One of the firms said to be going there has the most enormous delivery wagons, and they won't all use the bypass - more jams under the low bridge. Skipton doesn't need another supermarket, and people from the new houses can get to the Tesco garage for a pint of milk in just a few minutes. Skipton Ratepayer
  • Score: -1

12:41pm Fri 10 Jan 14

willow_wanderer says...

Skipton Ratepayer wrote:
The traffic on Carleton Road will get much worse, and the delays at the junction with Keighley Road will lengthen. Although there will be a new slip road off the bypass, most local traffic will still use Carleton Road, and Carleton New Road, with all its parking. One of the firms said to be going there has the most enormous delivery wagons, and they won't all use the bypass - more jams under the low bridge. Skipton doesn't need another supermarket, and people from the new houses can get to the Tesco garage for a pint of milk in just a few minutes.
Check the plans please. A 'lorry gate' will be installed to the left of the park, preventing lorries going towards the low bridge preventing one of your objections.

Unsure why you think most people would use a grid-locked, double traffic lit, slow route over an easy round-about direct onto a bypass unless they are heading into town anyway?

I agree New Carleton road has a ridiculous parking situation, but I cant see what that has to do with the proposed site?

Yes, people from the new houses can go to Skipton garage if they have to, but in winter thats a cold journey on dark, damp paths - not the nicest of journeys and not exactly what people would call "local amenities" either.

I agree Skipton doesnt really need a new supermarket tbh, but the developers need a headline company to make building the site commercially viable - if not a supermarket, what other large employer wants to come into the area?

They have also suggested a small hotel, pub, several offices, and small industrial units - all bringing employment into the area - I think its great - yes its a shame to see a field be built on, but the last suggestion was a waste development warehouse, full of stinking rubbish and waste lorry deliverys - so you can see why I think this proposal is 100 times better
[quote][p][bold]Skipton Ratepayer[/bold] wrote: The traffic on Carleton Road will get much worse, and the delays at the junction with Keighley Road will lengthen. Although there will be a new slip road off the bypass, most local traffic will still use Carleton Road, and Carleton New Road, with all its parking. One of the firms said to be going there has the most enormous delivery wagons, and they won't all use the bypass - more jams under the low bridge. Skipton doesn't need another supermarket, and people from the new houses can get to the Tesco garage for a pint of milk in just a few minutes.[/p][/quote]Check the plans please. A 'lorry gate' will be installed to the left of the park, preventing lorries going towards the low bridge preventing one of your objections. Unsure why you think most people would use a grid-locked, double traffic lit, slow route over an easy round-about direct onto a bypass unless they are heading into town anyway? I agree New Carleton road has a ridiculous parking situation, but I cant see what that has to do with the proposed site? Yes, people from the new houses can go to Skipton garage if they have to, but in winter thats a cold journey on dark, damp paths - not the nicest of journeys and not exactly what people would call "local amenities" either. I agree Skipton doesnt really need a new supermarket tbh, but the developers need a headline company to make building the site commercially viable - if not a supermarket, what other large employer wants to come into the area? They have also suggested a small hotel, pub, several offices, and small industrial units - all bringing employment into the area - I think its great - yes its a shame to see a field be built on, but the last suggestion was a waste development warehouse, full of stinking rubbish and waste lorry deliverys - so you can see why I think this proposal is 100 times better willow_wanderer
  • Score: 2

12:42pm Fri 10 Jan 14

jackiewilsonsaid says...

Well Skipton parking regs are already doing a fine job of killing the town off already. On Monday 30th Dec approx. 3 traders turned up for the market so there was acres of space. People were sensibly parking along the main street to do a bit of town centre shopping. Two uniformed council officers, or it may've been PCSO's, stood and joked with a parking attendant as she gaily wrote out a bunch of parking tickets outside the bank. I'm guessing that the criminal parkers figured that at holiday time parking attendants wouldn't waste their time on such a pointless activity. I comment not in bitterness as I avoided a ticket but was shocked at such mean spirited enforcement. I'd do much more of my shopping in Skipton if there was a free 15 / 30mins offer in car parks. Towns drive shoppers out of town and then wonder what happened.
Well Skipton parking regs are already doing a fine job of killing the town off already. On Monday 30th Dec approx. 3 traders turned up for the market so there was acres of space. People were sensibly parking along the main street to do a bit of town centre shopping. Two uniformed council officers, or it may've been PCSO's, stood and joked with a parking attendant as she gaily wrote out a bunch of parking tickets outside the bank. I'm guessing that the criminal parkers figured that at holiday time parking attendants wouldn't waste their time on such a pointless activity. I comment not in bitterness as I avoided a ticket but was shocked at such mean spirited enforcement. I'd do much more of my shopping in Skipton if there was a free 15 / 30mins offer in car parks. Towns drive shoppers out of town and then wonder what happened. jackiewilsonsaid
  • Score: 16

10:35am Thu 23 Jan 14

Zebsar says...

I see this as a great way to crush the small independent shops in the town center that are paying crazy rates and rent to be there, What other stores will be located on this development?
You say it will bring business to the area? what about the businesses already here that it is going to kill off?
The parking prices in skipton are stupid but that's another matter.
I see this as a great way to crush the small independent shops in the town center that are paying crazy rates and rent to be there, What other stores will be located on this development? You say it will bring business to the area? what about the businesses already here that it is going to kill off? The parking prices in skipton are stupid but that's another matter. Zebsar
  • Score: 0

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