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Homes proposal for site of recreation ground plan
A LONG-held ambition to create a recreation ground appears to be in tatters after the owners of the site unveiled a plan to build 35 houses.
Some Thirsk councillors had hoped to transform an area of undeveloped land between St Mary's Walk and Hambleton Drive, as there is no area for older children to play games on east side of the market town.
Councillor Cynthia Hesmondhalgh said until recently, the town council had funds set aside to put towards buying the 1.3-hectare site, which is owned by two parties.
She said it had become clear the level of funding the council, which has strived to keep its council tax demand to a minimum for several years, would need to buy the land would be difficult to achieve.
The owners of the site, who have not been named, held a public consultation event at Thirsk Community Primary School, on Wednesday (September 18), at which outline proposals for two, three and four bedroom houses were displayed.
A spokeswoman for the owners said the proposal remained at an early stage and key decisions, such as the number of affordable houses the development may feature and the road layout, had not been finalised and that a builder had not been appointed.
She said the development would only contain two-storey houses, which would be set within a residential development with communal public space and landscaping.
Access is proposed from St Mary’s Close, with a route linking the development with the primary school.
The spokeswoman said the site's owners were determined the development would have an "open aspect", and had rejected a design featuring a significantly higher number of properties than the architects' blueprint with 35 homes.
She said: "The more properties you can get on a site the more commercially viable it is, but the owners wanted the option with fewer homes.
"While all the detailing is yet to be gone through, they want the development to be in keeping with the rest of the houses in the area."
A planning application to Hambleton District Council is set to be submitted next month.
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