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.