Melsonby housing development set for approval despite local objections

The revised site layout.

Plans for 44 new houses in Melsonby have been recommended for approval despite claims the development is being “forced” on the local community.

The scheme on land off Moor Road would also see a new village hall and village green created.

The application was initially submitted in 2015 and has been revised several times since then.

The number of houses proposed has increased from 39 to 44 and the layout has also been changed.

The development would include a mix of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom dwellings including bungalows, with 36 open market houses and eight classed as “affordable”.

The proposal includes the demolition of Limegarth, an existing bungalow close to the entrance of the site, and the construction of a new access onto Moor Road.

A total of 18 local residents have raised objections about the scheme, with two in support.

Their concerns included ta claim the village’s sewers and drains can’t cope with the current number of houses, with existing roads already congested

It is also claimed the development will lead to the loss of natural wildlife habitat.

In its response, Meslonby Parish Council has also raised a number of concerns, particularly about infrastructure.

It said: “The parish council still feels very strongly that this application should not proceed or go before planning until the existing infrastructure of the village is updated.

“The Melsonby community feels that the development is being forced onto them and this is totally unacceptable.”

The authority said it had been trying for four years to get answers from local agencies on the state of the infrastructure.

It added: “Agencies, after much shaming, are now undergoing these investigations and are still not concluded.

“The point is; how can planning be so dismissive of the parish council’s plight over major issues? What does the parish council and the community need to do to be heard and listened to?”

However, despite the concerns officers at Richmondshire District Council will recommend the application is approved when councillors meet next Wednesday.

A report prepared ahead of the meeting states: “The development site is in a sustainable and appropriate location for new housing development in Melsonby.

“The dwellings proposed will contribute to the on-going requirements for a five year housing land supply and would provide an acceptable mix of housing types and sizes of a high quality design in keeping with the local
vernacular.

“The provision of an equipped Village Hall as part of the scheme is an asset to both the development and wider community.”

It adds: “The proposal would not give rise to highway safety issues or contribute towards flood risk or negatively impact on the existing sewerage and drainage infrastructure.”

For more information on the application click here.