Proposals to build 500 homes move forward despite concerns over a lack of jobs (From The Northern Echo)
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Proposals to build 500 homes move forward despite concerns over a lack of jobs
PROPOSALS to build nearly 500 houses in Hambleton and Richmondshire have moved forward despite concerns about a lack of jobs for new occupants.
David Wilson Homes has lodged an application to amend a controversial scheme to build 244 homes on the northern outskirts of Northallerton, while Richmondshire councillors have given outline planning permission for 250 homes on an eyesore site in Colburn.
The 20-acre development on the former York Trailers site in Yafforth Road, Northallerton received approval subject to numerous conditions in May but the builder wants to alter house types to provide more family homes.
The blueprint, which is set to be considered by Hambleton District Council planners this autumn, includes a large proportion of homes with four or five bedrooms, with the majority being three-bedroom, and the developer has offered to provide 18 per cent affordable housing.
A spokesperson for David Wilson Homes said: “The new housing development can provide a number of substantial economic and social benefits to Northallerton.”
Northallerton Mayor John Forrest said the town council would discuss the plans at its next planning meeting but he had concerns about levels of employment in the town being able to support the development, following the announcement of the closure of the Rural Payments Agency offices and Northallerton Prison.
He said: “The decision will fall to the district but we like to have our say. We need more jobs in the town or at least the area to cater for these people.”
Richmondshire councillors heard there were similar concerns over a plan to build 250 homes, offices, a nursery, pub, shops and community housing units on the former Pipe Works site in Catterick Road, Colburn.
But despite stumbling blocks in a previous application over the level of affordable housing, planning committee members agreed to allow outline planning permission to the builders.
Colburndale Developers were asked to revise affordable housing contributions after appearing before the planning committee in December, which now include 25 per cent affordable housing, and £840,000 to be used towards affordable housing on other sites, as well as £517,000 to local schools.
Chief planner Peter Featherstone said: “I am aware of concerns that have been expressed about there being no provision of jobs in the area for potential occupants, but it is important to bear in mind that in recent years employment has moved away from industrial units and towards the service sector and self employment.”
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