Ripon Army Barracks Housing Plan Submitted

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Ripon Army Barracks Housing Plan Submitted

Ripon Army Barracks Housing Plan Submitted

Home England has formally submitted plans to turn an army barracks into a 1,300-home urban village in Ripon, North Yorkshire.

The scheme, to be called Clotherholme, will take 13 years to build, and will comprise of two- and three-bedroom homes, a primary school, shops, a 60-unit extra care facility and community facilities, reports the BBC.

In November 2016, the Ministry of Defence announced that it would be closing the Claro and Deverell Barracks, and they would be vacated and used for development.

Marie Kiddell from Homes England said: “As well as homes our application includes all the local infrastructure the new community will need including a primary school, sports pitches, a dedicated employment zone and local retail facilities.”

Harrogate Council has stated that it will be considering the application in early 2021, and if the plans are approved then construction should commence in summer 2022 for completion in 2035.

However, Ripon City Council and residents have expressed concerns about traffic issues and the impact of the development on roads around the area, according to the Yorkshire Post.

The traffic issues facing the UK’s fifth smallest city during the construction, should it be approved, need to be tackled ahead of plans being cemented and pushed forward, claim the opponents to the scheme.

Councillor Mike Chambers, a former RAF senior air traffic control officer and squadron leader, said that there need to be comprehensive proposals concerning the increase in traffic in and around Ripon associated with the proposed construction.

Cllr Chambers, the North Yorkshire County councillor for the Ripon North Division made his statement after Harrogate Borough Council requested the city council’s highways department’s views on the application from Homes England.

Homes England have responded saying it is committed to improving the city’s pedestrian, cycle, and public transport options, and to mitigate the increase in heavy traffic by upgrading the city centre junctions.

But Cllr Chambers has said that the agency’s plan needs to provide a long-term solution for the city. He said that the calls for a relief road in addition to the junction upgrades was ‘not meeting with a lot of favour from the various authorities’, despite other housing developments in the area.

He said the agencies behind the development need reminding that residents living in the area were facing years of building works-related disruption, and it was vital to limit the number of people living in the area who would be inconvenienced.

Cllr Chambers said Homes England had taken on board many concerns and had altered their plans accordingly, but it hadn’t sufficiently addressed traffic concerns.

He said: “Ripon is an old city with very narrow streets, so it’s very easy for congestion to build up. There is an opportunity to get this right. We should be at the stage of having a forward-looking plan that’s future-proofed so we don’t need to go back and look at this again in ten years.”

He admitted that the development was going to be a welcome addition to the city, but that Homes England hasn’t used the opportunity to do more.

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