Local Liberal Democrats are concerned by the development off Knox Lane in Harrogate, where the developers are seeking planning permission for an extra 50% more housing than the Local Plan’s allocation.
The principle of development on the original site is therefore established, however a new application which includes the original site and adds over 50% to the area has now been submitted for 73 dwellings.
Many residents have expressed various concerns, including the impact it will have on nature and the already under-strain existing infrastructure.
County Councillor Geoff Webber (Liberal Democrat – Bilton & Nidd Gorge) commented:
I was uncomfortable with the allocation of this land in the Conservative-run council’s Local Plan, but this application for a further 23 dwellings is entirely unacceptable. I fully understand the concerns of local residents and will make sure those concerns are passed on to my Liberal Democrat colleagues on Harrogate Council.
This is a special area adjacent to Oak Beck and further development will have an adverse impact on the environment and wildlife – not to mention the area’s considerable propensity to flooding.