Planned Scorton housing development set for refusal

The homes are planned for land off Bolton Road. Photo: Google.

Plans to build up to 40 houses on fields on the edge of Scorton look set to be rejected.

An outline planning application has been submitted to Richmondshire District Council for the proposed development on land off Bolton Road, next to the village primary school.

The applicants want to build up to 40 houses on the site, including a proportion which would be classed as affordable.

Both Scorton Parish Council and Bolton-on-Swale parish Meeting have objected to the proposal.

Their objections include the proposed development site being outside the development
limits of the village.

Councillors add that the housing targets for the area contained within the local plan have already been met with other housing developments.

There is also concern that the “rural gap” between Scorton and Bolton-on-Swale would be encroached upon by the scheme.

In their report for councillors, planning officers say the scheme would deliver both affordable and market housing.

However, they say the plans are in conflict with the local plan strategy for sustainable housing delivery in the area.

Their report concludes: “Coupled with sustainable developments elsewhere at Scorton, 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 including the policy objective for continued development at Gatherley Road.”

The application will be discussed by councillors at their monthly planning meeting on Tuesday, November 5.

For more details on the application click here.