A PLAN to build 42 houses on a site in Skipton which already has permission for up to 20 is being discussed by Craven District Council’s planning committee on Tuesday, May 17, with officers recommending approval.

The site on land to the north west of Clay Hall, Broughton Road, is a full application with provision for 13 affordable homes. Access to the site is near Niffany Farm access.

An outline plan on the site for 20 houses was approved in 2017.

The full market price houses would be made up of 17 four-bed, eight three-bed, 15 two-bed and 2 one-bed houses.

The affordable element would be made up of seven two-bed, four three-bed and two one-bed houses.

In 2019 a site notice was erected and nine representations were received. Concerns included increase in traffic, no public access to footpath, conflict with Local Plan, too many houses, out of character with the area and an underestimation of the ecological value of the site.

Skipton Town Council expressed concerns over the latest plans in regard to the vehicular access and sight lines from the main road, as well as further concerns of extra traffic volume.

The application site, being applied for by Mandale Homes North Yorkshire, lies adjacent to the Leeds-Liverpool Conservation Area .

Of the conditions is for provision of a ‘hedgehog highway’ to all internal and external boundaries.