Detailed plans still awaited for proposed Skipton housing estate

Craven Herald: The proposed housing site off North Parade The proposed housing site off North Parade

Detailed plans for a new housing estate for Skipton could be submitted towards the end of the summer.

Almost a year after outline plans for 114 new homes on land off North Parade were approved by Craven District Council, a detailed application is still at least three months away.

Developers Amendale Property and Heyhaven Homes said plot types and layouts had been worked out but there was still technical issues to be worked through before an application could be submitted.

When the scheme was approved by Craven District Council last March, some councillors opposed to the scheme complained they had been forced to approve it because of a shortfall in Craven’s housing target.

There were also concerns about the likely increase in traffic, the impact on the infrastructure and access over Cawder Bridge.

Skipton Town Council, which has agreed to sell a piece of land included in the development, stands to make £500,000 once it is approved.

Dave Parker, chief officer of Skipton Town Council, said: “The council has agreed terms with the developer for the sale of a small proportion of its recreation ground on North Parade to provide an access road to the proposed development and has agreed to the installation of a surface-water retention tank.

“The recreation ground and games area will be refurbished as part of the scheme if the development goes ahead.”

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