No certainty new housing estate in Leyburn will be built

Amended plans have been submitted to the district council for the development in Leyburn.

Developers behind plans for a major new housing estate in Leyburn now say the scheme is not certain to go-ahead.

Yorvik Homes has planning permission for 127 houses on fields at Hill Top Farm.

In an update on social media last week the company said they would be breaking ground on the scheme in 2024.

However, this post has now been deleted and company bosses say the scheme is not certain to go-ahead.

Matthew Gath, managing director at Yorvik Homes, said in a statement today: “Negotiations are still underway and we are working with the relevant authorities to bring the site at Leyburn forward, but at this point this is not definite and it may or may not happen.”

It is understood the social media post was published in error.

Planning has been approved for a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced properties, with 22 bungalows also proposed.

Of the 127 homes, 28 would be available as discounted first homes to buy and ten will be designated as affordable homes to rent.

The plans were approved in February after access to the development was moved 10 metres further west along Moor Road than was originally planned so it was not opposite North Yorkshire Council’s Highway Department.

Public open spaces will be created as part of the development.

A public access will also be built to Thornborough Hall Gardens to link the housing with Leyburn Town Centre.

The application had the support of Leyburn Town Council, which said more housing is needed in the town.

However, more than 50 people objected.

Issues raised included concerns the development could cause flooding in the town, worries about insufficient parking, health services and spaces at the local primary school and concern that the proposed pedestrian access through Thornborough Woods would not be suitable.

Concerns were also raised that residents of the new housing would use Woodburn Drive, which is a private road with no right of way.

On condition of planning being granted the developer, Yorvik Homes, has agreed to pay £363,693 towards an extension at Leyburn Primary School.

A further £150,000 will be provided to improve bus links to the new estate.