REVISIONS have been made to plans to turn an army barracks into a 1,300-home development with community facilities and a new primary school.

The original proposals to turn Ripon Barracks - the former Claro and Deverell Barracks - into a mixed-use development called 'Clotherholme' have been updated following feedback from the public.

Homes England and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation have now shared the updated plans online as the coronavirus pandemic is preventing them from going on display at a series of public events as originally planned.

The revised proposals for Clotherholme include a new local centre with retail, community and commercial facilities, parkland and a new primary school.

There will also be sports facilities, up to 1,300 new homes and improved pedestrian and cycling links, as well as off-site highways improvements.

It is the first site to be progressed as part of a partnership between Homes England and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation to develop surplus Ministry of Defence land across the country.

Martin Wilks, Ripon Barracks project manager at Homes England, said: “After being impressed with the level of interest shown in our proposals last autumn, we provided local groups with further opportunities to comment on our proposals – we paused, listened, and refined our proposals.

“We now feel confident that our updated plans meet the needs of Ripon’s community, both present and future, as well as providing a number of additional benefits that will allow community spirit to be placed at the heart of the development of Clotherholme.

"These include greater access to green space through the establishment of parkland in Laver Banks, more diverse employment opportunities through the provision of flexible workspaces, and a range of facilities such as allotments, sports pitches and mixed-use community spaces.”

A planning application will be submitted this summer 2020 and the plans can be seen here.