DEVELOPERS of a controversial estate say they will be ploughing £14.4m into the scheme and supporting 49 jobs as work is carried out to build 120 homes.

Residents have protested over the plans by housebuilder Barratt Developments Yorkshire East for the estate on a former chicken farm in Aiskew, Bedale. The site, Heritage Green, has already been granted outline planning permission with Hambleton District Council now due to make a decision on the detailed plans.

A statement issued by Barratt’s said the new development will provide work for a number of disciplines from construction trades such as bricklayers, electricians and landscapers through to head office support positions.

Daniel Smith, pictured below, Managing Director of Barratt Developments Yorkshire East, said: "We’re very pleased to be able to contribute to the local economy in Aiskew and support a wealth of jobs across the region. We’re excited to be creating Heritage Green and are committed to investing in and supporting our local tradesmen, and look forward to working with them over the next 12 months to build even more quality homes."

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Barratt’s say in addition to contributing to the regional job market, they have also continued to support the local environments in which they build. During 2018 alone they say 84,420 trees and shrubs were planted or retained on developments and 97 per cent of construction waste was recycled. The developer says they have also created a further seven hectares of green space through publicly accessible open space and private gardens the equivalent of around 273 tennis courts.

Residents in Aiskew said they are concerned the development will make an already dangerous access at Sandhill Lane far worse. They said more should have been done to find a new access to the site to ensure improvements in the area to reduce traffic with the building of the new £34m bypass continued.

Twenty letters of objection have been sent to Hambleton Council. One resident protested: "I would just like to make it clear how absolutely astonished I am that this is even under consideration. Understandably though, if you do not live in the area, then you will have no concept of how this will impact the area so I hope you will take seriously any objections.

"Sandhill Lane was turned into a no through road some years ago, making access to the potential building site an absolute hell and nearly impossible. To access and exit the Lane, lorries would have to use the little mini roundabout on Bedale Road which will be a logistical nightmare."