Planning officials are recommending a 240-house development in Brough St Giles is given the go-ahead.
Councillors at Richmondshire District Council will decide on the plans for fields to the east of the village besides the A6136 Catterick Road at a meeting next Tuesday.
The development would include:
- 34 two bedroom houses
- 120 three bedroom
- 86 four bedroom
Of the 240 houses, a total of 72 would be classed as affordable which would be made up of 34 two-beds and 38 three bedroom properties.
The recommendation to approve the scheme comes despite concerns being raised by local councillor.
Brough St Giles has objected to the scheme.
Councillors said they appreciated that the land has been designated for building for around 15 years, however, they felt that the scheme overdeveloped what was a greenfield site and intrudes into open countryside unnecessarily.
They said the layout was considered to be high density and at odds with the “beautiful countryside in which it lays”.
They said local NHS services and schools were already stretched, while the nearby A6136 was already running at capacity.
Yorkshire Water also initially raised concerns regarding waste water and stated that the public foul sewer network did not have adequate capacity to accommodate the anticipated foul water discharge from the site.
Following talks between the developers and the utility company, a revised flood risk assessment and drainage strategy was prepared and an updated response from Yorkshire Water is expected at next week’s meeting.
However, the report recommending the plans should be approved concluded: “This site is in a sustainable location well related to existing services and facilities and is in an appropriate location for new housing development.
“The number of units proposed is considered to be in accordance with the expectations for housing growth/delivery within this part of the Central Richmondshire Sub Area and will provide an acceptable mix of housing types, sizes and tenures.
“The proposals would not put any unacceptable additional pressure on school places or healthcare in the local area, and provision has been made within the development for play facilities/provision.”
A planning application is already in the system for 135 homes on a corner of the same field.
For more information on the plans, click here.