HOUSE builders behind refused plans to build a residential development close to Niffany Bends on the outskirts of Skipton have scaled down the scheme to just 26 homes.

Mandale Homes plans to build 42 homes on the canal side site next to Clay Hall Farm off Broughton Road were refused by Craven District Council’s planning committee earlier this year, despite a recommendation to approve.

Outline planning permission for up to 20 homes at the site, which is just under three acres and goes partially under the Skipton bypass flyover, was approved by the council in October, 2016.

Councillors refused the scheme for 42 homes describing it as a ‘colossal overdevelopment’ and adding permission should never have been given even for up to 20 homes. There were also concerns about flooding and the entrance off the road, described as an ‘accident blackspot’.

In its submissions to the council, agent for Mandale Homes says the properties will be a variety of one, two and four bedroom and will include eight affordable, to rent or buy.

It says: “Our client has presented attractive dwellings laid out in a suitable manner, which reflects the linear nature of the site, avoids any development in areas at flood risk, and utilises an existing point of access.

“A new footpath link to Broughton Road will be provided and a suitable amount of public open space will also be delivered on-site, with any shortfall to be met via a financial contribution.”