Campaign group raises concerns as Bellman Walk decision looms

NARG 1501122AM1 Ripon residents campaign. Ash Bank Road resident ninty one years old Barbara Dean with Di Hall, Val Stride and fellow residents protest about plans for nearly 200 hundred homes on the Doublegates Quarry site. (1501122AM1)
NARG 1501122AM1 Ripon residents campaign. Ash Bank Road resident ninty one years old Barbara Dean with Di Hall, Val Stride and fellow residents protest about plans for nearly 200 hundred homes on the Doublegates Quarry site. (1501122AM1)

A campaign group opposing plans to build 150 houses on the former Doublegates Quarry site in Ripon is concerned its arguments are not being considered as a decision looms.

Residents from Ash Bank Road, Bellman Walk and Doublegates Avenue have been fighting plans for the site submitted by Lands Improvement in December and have already submitted more than 300 comments challenging claims made by the developer.

Concerns over an increase in traffic, availability of access roads, the possibility of flooding and the ecological impact of the development have all been raised.

But with the campaign group expecting a planning decision to be made in six weeks’ time, group member Ian Kendall says members are worried the local authority and statutory consultees are overlooking issues raised by objectors.

He said he is worried that queries regarding travel across the city, water discharge into the River Laver and water storage safety were still unanswered and they are “now at the whim” of Harrogate Borough Council’s planning department.

“The residents have done an awful lot of work challenging the work that the developer has put forward but we don’t get anything coming back from the council about what we send – we are very much the little guy that is stuck out here waiting to see what happens at the whim of the planning department,” said Mr Kendall.

Speaking to the Gazette yesterday, a spokesman for Harrogate Borough Council stressed all representations were being considered by the case officer.