Spofforth Hill homes plans go on show

Plans to build almost 400 homes at Wetherby’s Spofforth Hill have been revealed.

The proposals to build on 36 acres of land at the top of Spofforth Hill were unveiled at a public exhibition on Thursday.

wet  Visitors looking at the plans for Spofforth Hill in Wetherby Town Hall.  (121122M4b)

wet Visitors looking at the plans for Spofforth Hill in Wetherby Town Hall. (121122M4b)

The development, which will include a mixture of two to five bedroom homes, will include a children’s play area, village green and two entrances from the main road onto the housing estate.

The plans will also include a footpath link onto Harland Way.

A number of residents who attended the exhibition raised concerns about traffic and parking in the town if the housing plans for around 375 homes go-ahead.

Norma Monkman, of Glebe Field Drive, told the News: “It is an awful lot of houses. Traffic is bad enough where we live as it is.

“And parking is already an issue in Wetherby, if there are all these houses, where are people going to park their cars?”

Another Wetherby resident, Malcolm Jackson, said he had concerns that Spofforth Hill traffic could not cope with extra homes.

He said: “People do need houses and there is a shortage nationally.

“I think this land is one of the better places they could build but I have reservations about the access arrangements proposed.”

A spokesman for Bellway Homes, whose Yorkshire branch is based in Wetherby, said: “The meeting last week provided an opportunity for us to display our initial plans for the development at Spofforth Hill which we thought were well received by visitors to the exhibition. The development will comprise of a range of well designed energy efficient homes to suit modern family needs centred around a village green. The feedback we received on Thursday will enable us to hone our plans prior to a similar exhibition early next year when local people will have another opportunity to view the prospective development.”