Controversial Crimple Valley homes plan withdrawn
Nov 4, 2021
The site plan for the homes in Crimple Valley.
The site plan for the homes in Crimple Valley.

A controversial plan to build a housing development in Harrogate’s Crimple Valley has been withdrawn.

The proposal submitted by Square Feet Ltd And Antela Developments Ltd would have seen 35 homes built on Almsford Bank Stables on Leeds Road.

The developers had initially planned 65 homes for the site in 2018, but later revised the application and reduced the number of homes.

A total of 107 letters of objection were lodged to Harrogate Borough Council over the proposal.

Now the developers have withdrawn the plans to build on the site.

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The Stray Ferret has contacted Seven Architecture, the agent for the developers, for comment but had not received a response by the time of publication.

It follows a backlash from local residents over concerns that the scheme would damage the Special Landscape Area of the Crimple Valley, which is spanned by the distinctive railway viaduct.

In a letter to the council, Tristan Campbell, of the pressure group Save Crimple Valley, said the development “would demonstrably devalue the integrity of the much-valued Special Landscape Area itself”.

He added:

“It takes out a central strip of the most beautiful part of the Crimple Valley Special Landscape Area, sets a dangerous precedent for future planning applications within the SLA and fails to meet the council’s own current and future Local Plans.”