Residents call for controversial housing plans to be decided by councillors rather than officers

The location of the proposed development.

Residents have called for councillors to decide on plans for a housing development in a Wensleydale village rather than council officers.

Plans have been submitted for 12 houses on fields off Blewhouse Lane in Finghall.

The scheme would include eight detached homes and a terrace of four houses with a local occupancy clause.

Supporting documents submitted with the plans claim that the scheme would align with the policy objectives of the Richmondshire Local Plan.

They add: “Furthermore, it has been demonstrated that the proposal would promote sustainable development, thereby contributing to the economic, social, and
environmental goals.

“Based on our assessment, there are no significant planning considerations that would prevent the proposed development.

“Therefore, we respectfully request that this application be granted permission without delay.”

However, 11 objections have been received from local residents have raised objections to the scheme, submitted by applicants Mr and Mrs Blackburn, with several claiming it is too large for the village and would the development would be detrimental to the residents living nearby.

They say there are already nine other homes being built or with planning permission in the village.

One resident said: “A housing development is not in keeping with the layout of a small village such as Finghall in a location surrounded by many other existing properties and the size of the development is totally out of character with the village.

“Finghall does not have services and amenities such as a shop, play area or footpaths along the narrow roads of the village.

“Indeed Blewhouse Lane is single track with already severely eroded and damaged verges which additional traffic using a new housing development would exacerbate.”

Other residents have raised concerns that the application is due to be decided by officers under delegated powers, rather by elected councillors on a planning committee.

One resident said: “This is a large scale proposal which would have a severe impact on the small rural Dales village of Finghall and its residents and therefore needs to be considered by planning committee and not a planning officer.”

Richmondshire Today has contacted North Yorkshire Council to ask if the application is likely to be considered by committee rather than planning officers.






  1. The residents just need to contact their local NYC Councillor and ask them to ask for the proposal be considered by the Planning Committee.

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