Councillors vote to defer decision on 53 homes in Bilton
Oct 4, 2022
The proposed development

Harrogate Borough Council’s planning committee has deferred a decision on whether to allow 53 houses to be built on Knox Lane in Bilton.

At an unusually busy and noisy meeting this afternoon, attended by some residents, Cllr Rebecca Burnett, who chairs the committee, had to appeal for members of the public not to applaud or heckle.

30-page report to councillors by case officer Andy Hough recommended they approve the application by developer Jomast,

But councillors were cheered when they raised concerns about issues such as flooding, contamination and housing sizes.

They voted to ask Joomast to come back with more detailed information — and warned if it wasn’t forthcoming they would be minded to reject the scheme.

Cllr Nigel Simms, a Conservative representing Masham and Kirkby Malzeard, told the meeting:

“I haven’t heard anything that will convince me that the landscape is not worth protecting from the builder’s cement mixer.”

Councillor Sue Lumby, a Conservative who represents Harrogate Coppice Valley, said the fact the application had received 320 objections highlighted the high level of concern. She said:

“Clearly local residents are very concerned about this on many levels.”

A full report on today’s meeting will be published on the Stray Ferret soon.

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