Plans for 150 Ripon homes submitted

Impression of the 150 homes planned for Laver Riverside (s)
Impression of the 150 homes planned for Laver Riverside (s)

Plans for 150 homes on the land at Laver Riverside, the former Doublegates Quarry, have now been submitted to Harrogate Borough Council.

The plans have been submitted by large scale development company Lands Improvement and will include improvements to the frequency and distance of the 131 bus service.

Ripon residents had already been consulted on the plans after the company set out their proposals in October at a public exhibition at the Town Hall.

Following the in-depth community consultation with local residents, community groups and councillors, the company decided to reduce the number of houses from 180 to 150.

The submitted planning application now includes the provision of a pedestrian and cycle link to Ash Bank Road as well as 3.5 hectares of new high quality public open spaces.

Aoife Conacur of Lands Improvement said:“The interaction with the people of Ripon helped us to shape the planning application we have now submitted, and we want to thank everyone in the Ripon community who helped us to reach this point.

“The final ‘’plans that have been presented to the Council are for a landscape-led developmentthat will deliver much needed new family housing in an attractive setting, and make a positive contribution to the future of Ripon.”

Lands Improvement said that a ‘significant proportion’ of the dwellings would be affordable housing, for those on lower incomes and younger families.

Following the consulations, Lands Improvement have also proposed back-to-back gardens on land at the back of Ash Bank Road to help preserve existing views.

Ms Conacur added: “Our plans include new public open spaces, pedestrian and cycle routes and improvements to the existing bus service. All of these will benefit the new residents as well as the existing community.

“We are very grateful for the feedback received to date and will continue to engage with the local community through the planning process.”

News of the development follows proposals, not yet submitted, by Gladman Developments to build 450 new homes on the south-west edge of Ripon which have already been objected to by residents. and councillors.