Flaxby Park Ltd lodges plans to transform a disused golf course in Harrogate into a new community, with thousands of homes and improved transport links.
The 430-acre development site near Knaresborough was acquired in 2016 by Flaxby Park Ltd. It now plans to deliver a multi-million-pound new settlement plan to meet local housing need and boost the local economy. This development will provide thousands of construction jobs during the phased 20-year development plan.
The planning application follows more than a year of discussions with Harrogate Borough Council, helping to refine a scheme that will be a template for sustainable development – with many facilities to support the new community including schools, a GP surgery and open space. Once the plans are submitted, a period of statutory consultation managed by Harrogate Borough Council will begin to give residents and organisations a chance to have their say.
Chris Musgrave, Shareholder of Flaxby Park Ltd, said: “Thanks to the hard work of our award-winning project team, we have finessed our vision of a self-sustaining community in a country park setting. In almost every category, Flaxby Park scores highly as the right location for a development that will grow with Harrogate. It’s the right development in the right place and we are ready to deliver.”
The scheme has been designed by a team of consultants including local architects Wildblood Macdonald, who have been involved in regeneration projects in Yorkshire, Hull and Staffordshire.
Michael Wildblood MBE said: “Wildblood Macdonald Architects have brought our experience of living and designing developments in the Harrogate area for over 40 years to produce a design that is ideally suitable for its location in Flaxby and for local people.
The planning application, which will be available to view on the council’s website, will include: 2,750 homes for all stages of life, including a retirement village; a new village centre, two primary schools and sports facilities; improved transport access including a £4m roundabout at the entrance to the site; and a new rail station, offering direct links to Leeds and York.