Developer appeals decision to refuse 13 homes plan on Ripon timber yard
Jan 19, 2023
The former NY Timber yard on Trinity Lane, Ripon.

A developer has appealed a council decision to refuse plans for 13 homes on a former Ripon timber yard.

Red Tree Developments wanted to demolish buildings at the site of the former NY Timber yard to build the homes.

The site on Trinity Lane was home to a timber yard from 1860 to 2018.

However, Harrogate Borough Council rejected the plan in December 2020 on the grounds that the scheme would cause “unacceptable harm” to the Ripon Conservation Area.

Now, the developer has taken the decision to the government’s Planning Inspectorate.

Jay Everett, a planning consultant who submitted the appeal on behalf of Red Tree, said the loss of the timber yard building would offer “no contribution to the setting”.

He said:

“My conclusion, derived from the evidence provided, is that the loss of the existing building would cause ‘less than substantial harm’ to the conservation area and that, regarding listed buildings in the vicinity, the existing building makes no contribution to their setting and moreover that the proposed development would visually benefit the setting of Holy Trinity School.”

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Red Tree bought the 0.64-acre plot, which is adjacent to the listed buildings, Holy Trinity Church of England Junior School and St Wilfrid’s Catholic Church, from Cairngorm Capital for an undisclosed sum this year.

In its original planning application, the developer said the timber yard, which is not listed, must be replaced due to its “poor state of repair”.

A government planning inspector will make a decision on the appeal at a later date.