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Plans unveiled for 239 new homes

AN application to build 239 new homes in Pickering is due to be discussed by the town council next week.

The application, made to Ryedale District Council on October 6 by applicant David Wilson Homes, is for a development of 63 four-bedroom, 98 three-bedroom, 70 two-bedroom and eight one-bedroom homes, with associated garaging, parking, amenity areas, open space, landscaping, and associated infrastructure.

The application’s design statement says that the homes will be a mixture of mews, semi-detached and detached houses – 35 per cent of which will be classed as affordable.

It adds that the development would retain existing trees, include a large central area of greenspace, and be pedestrian friendly with permeable routes throughout.

The application has already drawn a number of comments.

Though the final decision on the plans will be made by the planning committee of Ryedale District Council, Pickering Town Council is discussing the application as one of the consultees.

Also being discussed at its meeting on Monday are the plans for the railway’s new carriage stable and the county council’s new plan to implement parking restrictions in the Market Place.

These restrictions will mean that drivers will only be able to park for 30 minutes in designated parts of the street. Parking on the north side will be prohibited completely.

The order will also create disabled bays for the benefit of blue badge holders, and loading bays for delivery vehicles. A maximum waiting time of one-hour will apply to these.

The proposals prompted wide-ranging discussion on social media about parking in the town centre and the policing of restrictions.

Neil Armstrong, who is attending the meeting and also runs the Trailblazer Outdoor business in Market Place, said the plans have been mooted for a long time.

“I have mixed feelings about it because for the majority of people who park here, the reason is they’re shopping. One of the problems will be the enforcement of it,” he added.

Residents have until January 2, 2018, to respond.

 

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