Planners will consider two applications for a total of 75 new houses in Barton next week – with one scheme recommended for approval and one for rejection.
Officers at Richmondshire District Council say plans for 40 houses at Rose Villa Farm on the eastern edge of the village should not be approved.
The plans have been amended with an earlier application seeking permission for 50 homes.
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The developers have committed to ensure 30 per cent of the new homes are classified as affordable.
A report prepared by George F White on behalf of the applicants, Mr and Mrs Farrow, states that development of the site would create a “logical, natural and sustainable physical extension to the
primary service village of Barton”.
It adds: “It would as identified, protect and enhances the existing landscape character, providing an overall design approach to the development which contributes to a sense of local distinctiveness, health and well-being.”
However, a report prepared for planners ahead of next Tuesday’s meeting concludes that the plans should be refused.
The report adds: “This proposal is in conflict with the local plan strategy for sustainable housing delivery amongst the primary service villages of the north Richmondshire area because, coupled with sustainable developments elsewhere at Barton, it would significantly exceed the amount of housing growth appropriate to the village and undermine the balanced approach to housing delivery across the three primary service villages.”
An outline application for 35 houses at Ashes Farm has also been submitted and will be discussed on Tuesday.
However, planners are recommending this scheme is approved.
This scheme has also been amended. Earlier plans were for 60 homes on the site, which is located on the north side of Silver Street in the centre of Barton.
The developers say 30 per cent of the smaller scheme would be affordable housing.
The district council report for councillors concludes: “This site is well related to existing services and facilities with a pedestrian link to Silver Street and therefore the village shop, village green, pub, bus stops and primary school.
“On the opposite side of Church Lane is the church of St Cuthberts and St Mary’s, whilst the cricket field and sports pavilion is within walking distance to the north-east of the application site.
“It is an appropriate location for new housing development and sustainable location for new development.”
You can view the applications in full by clicking here.