Homes go-ahead

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - FRONT PAGE -

CON­TRO­VER­SIAL plans to build hun­dreds of new homes in a North York­shire vil­lage have been ap­proved.

An ap­pli­ca­tion sub­mit­ted to Ham­ble­ton Dis­trict Coun­cil to build 225 new homes to the north and west of Wood­lands Walk, north of Stokesley, has been granted fol­low­ing a meet­ing of the coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee.

The plan was first re­jected in May 2014 but, fol­low­ing a pub­lic in­quiry, an ap­peal was granted in Septem­ber 2015.

It had at­tracted op­po­si­tion from the town coun­cil and many pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tions were sub­mit­ted op­pos­ing the plans.

Among the 19 pub­lic con­cerns raised were the “im­pact on lo­cal wildlife” and flood risk cre­ated by “poor drainage”.

A “loss of nat­u­ral day­light”, “in­creased traf­fic and congestion in town” and “im­pact on the vis­ual amenity” were also raised.

Stokesley Town Coun­cil also ex- pressed con­cern. It said: “The over­all ap­pear­ance of the es­tate lacks a char­ac­ter that would fit in with Stokesley as North York­shire mar­ket town.”

It added that “other re­cent hous­ing de­vel­op­ments have sig­nif­i­cantly re­flected the char­ac­ter of Stokesley”, nam­ing The Stripe as an ex­am­ple.

The land ac­quired in­cludes a large group of trees, the Tan­ton Grove South­ern Plan­ta­tion, which sits in the cen­tre of the site’s north­ern bound­ary. While trees make up part of the site, the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion states the houses will be built around them. The same ap­plies to the Pea­cock’s Field Plan­ta­tion, to the north east of the plot.

Out­line plan­ning per­mis­sion for up to 226 homes was granted on ap­peal.

Kier Liv­ing, which sub­mit­ted the plan, has com­mit­ted to a min­i­mum of 50% af­ford­able hous­ing on the site.

The homes’ main ac­cess point will be via The Acres, an ex­ist­ing es­tate.

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