Villagers in Hampswaite have said they are appalled at Harrogate Borough Council’s plans to build 350 in the village, nearly doubling the existing size of the village.
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Terry Mounsey Chair of the Hampstwaite Action Group said:
Hampsthwaite villagers are appalled at the latest proposed addition to Harrogate BC new plan.
16,500 extra houses in the district sounds like overkill but allocating such a high proportion of that to dales villages is criminal.
Hampsthwaite could have an extra 350 houses, almost doubling the size of the village. This would destroy the community and the heritage of the village.
But the latest site offered by Sir James Aykroyd was the final straw!
It is meadow land running alongside the Nidderdale way, at the entrance to the dale and on the edge of the AONB.
Covering this meadow with 101 houses would obliterate the splendid views from the village up the dale and the views into the oldest part of the village.
Bizarrely this very site was refused planning for two football pitches by HBC in 2009 for all the reasons we are now giving .
Finally the meadow is home to curlews and lapwings, both of which are top of the endangered birds list.
Is there any wonder the villagers are outraged?