Permission granted for up to 32 new homes between Bolton-on-Swale and Scorton

Planning permission has been granted for up to 32 new homes between Bolton-on-Swale and Scorton following a successful planning appeal.

An independent Government appointed Planning Inspector allowed the planning application off Bolton Road.

Costs were also awarded to Wharfedale Homes from North Yorkshire Council for the highways element of the appeal and a figure for these costs will be determined shortly.

As part of the plans, a 15 space pick up and drop off area will be delivered for the adjacent Bolton-on-Swale St Mary’s C of E Primary School, along with land for expanded playing fields and a financial contribution through the planning permission.

Developers say 40 per cent of the new properties will be affordable homes, aimed at local people with housing needs and there will also be open space and children’s play equipment as part of the masterplan for the site.

Matt Gibson, land and planning director for developer Wharfedale Homes, said: “It’s great news that the Planning Inspector has granted planning permission so we can deliver these much-needed new homes in Scorton.

“Our aim is to build these high-quality homes as soon as possible.

“The result of this successful appeal will also be significant improvements to the local school.”

Despite being recommended for approval by council officers in February, Richmondshire councillors went against advice and refused the planning application, which resulted in the appeal by Wharfedale Homes.

Councillors overwhelmingly rejected the scheme  after claims it would have wreck the identity of the two villages.

It’s expected that following this outline planning permission, a reserved matters application will be submitted to North Yorkshire Council in the New Year.