Revised plans for a proposed 127-house development have been drawn up.
However, the changes have been submitted as highways bosses raise fresh concerns about the scheme on the edge of Leyburn.
The revised plans for the development off Moor Road include changes to the pedestrian access through Thornborough Wood to reduce the gradient of the path.
Modifications to the vehicle access to the site have also been made, a well as changes to the proposed drainage system.
Yorvik Homes wants to build 103 two, three and four-bedroom houses and 24 bungalows at Hill Top Farm.
The site is identified in Richmondshire District Council’s Local Plan as an area considered appropriate for development and for the planned level of expansion for Leyburn.
However, opinion is divided locally on the scheme, with some saying the development will provide much-needed housing, while others say the development is too big and could cause flooding.
As the revised plans are submitted, North Yorkshire County Council’s highways department has submitted its latest response to the scheme.
It is recommending the application be refused for a number of reasons.
These include the location of the highways depot directly opposite the proposed access to the housing development.
The council’s response states: “These pre-existing accesses associated with the highways depot will not permit a residential site access to be located directly opposite due to turning manoeuvre conflicts that will inevitably arise
which would be prejudicial to road safety.”
The council said the depot was used late at night and early in mornings to fill gritters with road salt.
The authority added: “The council would not wish to see its operations at the depot compromised as a result of complaints about noise associated with new nearby residential properties.
The council’s area highways manager has therefore requested this matter is brought to the attention of the LPA
when it is considering this application.”
The council also said work was needed to determine the legal status of Yarker Bank Lane, which was proposed as an emergency access to the site, while it added that a fully developed travel plan would be required, as well as an agreement on public transport links to the estate.
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