5:07pm Thursday 5th September 2013
By Ashley Barnard
PLANS to redevelop an eyesore site into a community hub have been held up after revised proposals due to be discussed by a planning committee were withdrawn at the last minute.
The proposals by Colburndale Developers are for a mixed use development on the site of the former CPM Pipe Works site in Colburn, involving homes l and industrial units, as well as a new nursery, food outlet, pub and open space.
It had been approved by Richmondshire District Council’s planning committee in December and was due to go back before councillors on Tuesday (September 3) after changes were made to the proposed affordable housing and education contributions.
A report by Richmondshire chief planning officer Peter Featherstone said that the application was approved in December last year subject to the provision of 30 per cent affordable housing out of 250 homes.
But the application was sent back to planners after developers reconsidered the viability of the scheme.
The revised proposal from the developer is for just 20 per cent affordable housing and a smaller contribution towards local schooling needs at Colburn and Le Cateau Primary Schools – which had initially been agreed at £516,548, but scaled back to £400,000 in the new plans.
Mr Featherstone said: “Notwithstanding the earlier agreement on the contributions, the new evidence on economic viability had to be properly considered as it was no longer possible to secure the applicant’s approval to the terms of the original agreement.
“After a lengthy process this has resulted in an updated appraisal that community development manager is satisfied with – but regrettably this is less than what was believed to be achievable back in December.”
However the plans were withdrawn ahead of the planning meeting before any further discussions could take place.
Mr Featherstone said he would have recommended councillors grant conditional planning permission, with the stipulation that the developer maintains the original education payment of £516,548 as otherwise North Yorkshire County Council would be likely to object.
The plans are due to go back to the planning committee at a later date.
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