More than 170 object to planning application

Ash Bank Road resident 91-year-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)
Ash Bank Road resident 91-year-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)

Angry Ripon residents have left more than 170 comments opposing plans to build 150 houses on the land at Laver Riverside on Harrogate Borough Council’s planning website.

A campaign group formed by residents has been busy researching the proposals and leaving objections on the planning portal but were left frustrated when the website crashed.

Harrogate Borough council confirmed that the planning portal crashed as a result of changing internet providers .

The council also said that it will accept representations beyond the initial deadline and any received up until a decision being taken will be accepted and taken into account.

Resident Di Hall said the amount of comments opposing the plans shows how many people are against the application and that they will go on raising objections past the 200-mark.

She said: “It’s not the right area to build in because we only have one main road going in and out of the city centre.

“If you look at some of the people commenting, it’s not just from people who live in this area, it’s wider than that.

“We accept that we need more houses in Ripon but this is not the right area to build them.”

A spokeman for Lands Improvement, who has submiited the plans, said: “The current application takes into consideration the traffic effect arising from the additional dwellings and, following a full and thorough scoping exercise with the council’s highway officers, has demonstrated that there will not be a negative effect on the local roads.

“Indeed there is likely to be a positive effect through the introduction of sustainable transport initiatives amounting to more than £500,000 of private investment from the developer.

“Land Improvements is very conscious of the sensitivity of the setting of the development and is proposing 3.5 hectares of new high quality public open space (39 per cent of the total site) to provide a landscape-led development which is sensitive to its surroundings.

“This is a landscape-led development that will deliver much needed new family housing in an attractive setting and will make a positive contribution to the future of Ripon.”