A row has broken out over plans to allow residents to move into new houses on Bogs Lane, before road works are carried out.
Planning permission for 74 houses off Bogs Lane was granted in July 2013. Harrogate Borough Council’s (HBC) planning committee ordered that the houses should not be lived in until traffic calming measures including traffic lights were in place.
However developer Miller Homes along with North Yorkshire County Council Highways department have now asked HBC to allow up to 44 families to move into the houses before the roadworks, after it asked developers to delay roadworks for the Tour de France and Christmas period.
A spokesperson for Miller Homes said:“Due to the constraints imposed by the Tour De France 2014, North Yorkshire County Council as the Local Highways Authority (LHA) requested an amendment to the condition to allow those who have purchased homes at Quercus Green to move in.”
Starbeck councillors say they are furious that more traffic will be added to an already busy junction.
Coun Phillip Broadbank (Starbeck, Lib Dem) said: “It will be a 100 or more cars. There was a good reason the planning committee put in this condition, it shouldn’t be swept aside.”
County Coun Margarat-Ann De Courcey-Bayley (Starbeck, Lib Dem) admitted she was unaware NYCC had requested the condition change and said: “What is the point of anyone making careful planning decisions, if the decisions of the borough council are swept aside for the convenience of the developer?”
Fellow Starbeck Coun Janet Law (Lib Dem) added: “This junction is a nightmare for the Bogs Lane traffic, the road is a rat run for traffic attempting to avoid Starbeck crossing hold-ups.
”It is especially hazardous for traffic trying to turn right out of Bogs Lane at Forest Lane Head towards Starbeck, right out of Forest Lane towards Knaresborough or straight across the A59 from either junction. This was the main reason for the original ruling”