Harlow Hill residents ‘fed up’ with planning application

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Campaigners opposing a new housing development on Harlow Hill say they fear residents already feel defeated by plans to build.

The Save Harlow’s View campaign group is encouraging residents to lodge objections to Yorkshire Water’s planning application for nine homes after they submitted new plans last month.

The property development arm of Yorkshire Water’s parent company Kelda Group is known as Keyland Developments and have put forward new plans to build nine homes on the site of the former Yorkshire Water facility.

This comes months after Keyland withdrew intitial plans for 13 homes following a huge backlash with over 200 people objecting to the proposals.

The Save Harlow’s View campaign group is now supported by Mike Brockhurst, a renowned local hiker who runs the popular Walking Englishman blog.

He said: “We think that everyone in the area just thinks ‘what is the point it is going to happen anyway’.

“There is a real feeling among people who live in the Harlow Hill area that the west of Harrogate is being swallowed up by the town.

“People are really fed up of complaining to Harrogate Borough Council and the planning department when the decisions to build are still being made.”

He added: “This view is an urban view, it is a unique view and must be one of the few places in urban Yorkshire where you can see so far into the countryside. That can’t be taken away to give to just nine households.”

The latest plans have attracted more than 30 objections on Harrogate Borough Council’s planning website. Sketches show nine homes, ranging from two bed terraces to a five bed room detached on the site.

Peter Garrett, Managing Director of Keyland Developments Ltd, said; “The original application was withdrawn for technical planning issues which have now been resolved. We have been working closely with the Council on the revised scheme, which is significantly smaller than the original proposal.