York & North Yorkshire

Sowerby Gateway housing scheme approved

A plan for more than 900 homes in North Yorkshire has been approved, despite opposition from local residents.

The Sowerby Gateway project would see 925 homes built on the outskirts of Thirsk.

Hambleton District Council approved the scheme at a planning meeting, despite objections from the local parish and town councils.

Protesters said they were concerned that the area's transport links could not cope with the new development.

'Village feel'

In its submission to the planning committee, Carlton Miniott Parish Council said: "The parish council feels that the development is too big and will impact greatly upon Thirsk and the surrounding area."

It said there was particular concern about the effect of extra traffic trying to gain access to Thirsk and to the railway station.

As well as housing, the scheme will feature shops and restaurants, a community centre, sports facilities and a school. More than 40% of the housing will be affordable homes.

The project's developer, the Castlevale Group, said it was planning to build a new road.

The firm's development director Terry Davies said: "We have focused on important issues such as transport and the environment and will apply the same high level of commitment and attention to detail to every aspect of the project.

"The design of the new homes will be individual and sympathetic to the local style of building and we have safeguarded a great deal of green space to protect the village feel of the project."

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