Duchy of Lancaster submit plans for 165 homes of 'highest design quality'

Artist's impression of new homes on Duchy Estate (s)
Artist's impression of new homes on Duchy Estate (s)
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Ambitious plans to build 165 homes ‘of the highest design quality’ on the Duchy Estate have been submitted to Harrogate Borough Council (HBC).

Ambitious plans to build 165 homes ‘of the highest design quality’ on the Duchy Estate have been submitted to Harrogate Borough Council (HBC).

As well as the high quality homes, the Duchy of Lancaster has also included plans for recreational green spaces and new school and community sports facilities.

More than 200 people attended an open day at the Sun Pavilions in June to consult on the plans and, in response, the Duchy team say they have revised the mix of homes proposed.

A greater proportion of ‘smaller and affordable homes for local people’ have now been included in the plans with traffic management measures for Cornwall Road also included.

Four new high standard sports pitches with an adjoining English cricket sports pavilion for nearby Brackenfield School have also been included in the proposal.

Duchy Chief Executive Nathan Thompson explained that the development would be of ‘outstanding design standard’ and would improve the quality of life for its residents.

He said: “As a historic landowner, the Duchy is keen to ensure that any new homes developed in Harrogate are well designed, built to a high quality standard and provide good community amenities for local residents.

“We are mindful of the need for low density schemes which reflect the surrounding environment and believe that the plans we have put forward will deliver this. ”

He explained the vision for the proposed development was to bring forward a development to extend the qualities and characteristics of the neighbouring Duchy Estate.

Architect Michael Wildblood explained this meant 43 of the houses would be large four and five bedroom homes but affordable homes would still be provided.

He said: “Half of the houses will mirror the Duchy Estate, my brief was at first to replicate the Duchy Estate but I realised that wouldn’t meet the council’s requirements. The plans include garden city style buildings with smaller homes and apartments too.”

Former Duchy resident and County Councillor for Bilton and Nidd Gorge, David Simister, questioned how Cornwall Road would cope with the extra traffic should the plans go ahead.

He said: “You have got one road in and one road out of the Duchy Estate so the infrastructure is not in place.

“Harrogate already has plenty of big properties but what it is desperately short of is houses for first-time buyers.

“I don’t call plans for 165 houses in that part of town as ‘low density’. We should have areas like the Duchy in Harrogate but we have got to provide for people who want to get their foot on the ladder.”