Homes England acquires two development sites in Harrogate

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Homes England has acquired two new sites in Harrogate, unlocking land for over 800 new homes, with room for 40% affordable homes

The Harrogate developments will offer an opportunity to bring forward housing in an area with high affordability pressures and will help meet local housing need.

The West Lane 23 ha site in Ripon has outline planning consent for 390 new homes which will include 156 affordable homes.

It was allocated in the adopted Local Plan in March 2020.

The 28 ha Bluecoat Park site in Harrogate is also allocated in the local plan. It currently has an outline planning permission for 450 new homes which is due to expire this month and Homes England intends to submit a new planning application later this year.

Both sites have stalled for various reasons, including the associated enabling costs and planning permissions which are due to lapse imminently.

Following the planning submission in September for the redevelopment of Ripon Barracks for up to 1,300 homes as well as local infrastructure including a primary school, sports pitches, a dedicated employment zone and local retail facilities.

Homes England will continue to work with the local authority as well as other local stakeholders on its plans for both sites over the coming months.

On a mission

Housing minister, Christopher Pincher, said: “This is fantastic news for Harrogate and a realisation of this Government’s mission to deliver quality, affordable homes, that are fit for future generations.

“I look forward to seeing the plans these communities develop take shape over the coming months.”

Trevor Watson, director of economy and culture, Harrogate Borough Council, said: “We welcome Homes England’s involvement in seeking to bring forward and unlock these stalled sites.

“They are important in helping to deliver our strategic objective to provide new homes that meet the needs of the district.”

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