Consultations to begin on 180 new homes in Ripon

The meeting was held at Ripon Town Hall.
The meeting was held at Ripon Town Hall.

Ripon residents are set to be consulted on plans to build a further 180 new family homes on land at the former Doublegates Quarry.

Large-scale development company Lands Improvement will set out their proposals on Friday October 24 from 1-8pm at a public exhibition at Ripon Town Hall.

Plans for an enhanced bus service to accommodate the extra families have also been proposed by the developers, as well as new public open spaces and walking routes.

Lands Improvement are aiming to submit their planning application for the large-scale development of new homes later this year.

Speaking about the proposals Aoife Conacur of Lands Improvement said: “There is an identified need for more new homes in Ripon and we plan to help meet that need through development of this former quarry site.

“We are committed to providing a high quality development and we are keen to work with Harrogate Borough Council and the local community to achieve this.

“We will be speaking with councillors, local residents and local stakeholder groups about the proposals over the coming weeks.”

News of the proposed development comes less than a month after the Ripon Gazette revealed plans to build 450 new homes on the south-west edge of Ripon.

Residents and councillors have already objected to the Cheshire-based Gladman Developments scheme about size and impact.

Concerns have also been voiced over the city’s transport ability to deal with the extra families but Mr Conacur said that an improved bus service would help.

He said: “We have identified that an improved local bus service would benefit the local community so, as part of our proposals, we are investigating ways to deliver a significant improvement to the existing service.”

But campaigner Diane Hall said: “This area just can’t cope with almost 200 homes. It might not seem a lot but it just can’t cope with the extra traffic.”