Planners set to approve 32-house development in Scorton

An architect's indicative layout of the scheme.

Controversial plans for up 32 houses on the edge of Scorton are set to be approved next week.

An outline planning application has been submitted to Richmondshire District Council has been submitted for the development on fields between Scorton and Bolton-on-Swale.

Council planners are recommending the scheme is given the go-ahead despite opposition in both villages.

The plans propose that 30 per cent of the houses would be offered as affordable.

A designated drop-off parking area would also included for use by the adjacent primary school.

In 2019, an application for 40 houses on the site was rejected with councillors saying it was too many new homes for the village.

Scorton Parish Council has objected to the plans for various reasons.

These include the proposed development area not being within the building line of the village.

Parish councillors also say the housing targets within the current local plan have been reached with the developments in Scorton already approved.

They add that this scheme would encroach on the rural gap between Scorton and Bolton-on-Swale.

Bolton-on-Swale Parish Meeting has also objected to the plans.

They say the scheme is in the wrong location and would create parking issues especially at school drop off and pick up.

Councillors say the scheme would add additional pressures on the local infrastructure.

But planning officers are recommending that district councillors approve the scheme.

Their report concluded: “The development would provide new homes in a sustainable location adjacent to the development limit of the primary service village of Scorton benefitting from local services and facilities and would not result in excessive growth of the village, subject to securing the school contributions by a S106 legal agreement.

“No brownfield have been identified which should be developed instead of this permission nor any sites within the development limit. ”

The plans will be discussed by councillors at a meeting next Tuesday.