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    Housing in Wetherby and District - The Better Wetherby Partnership

    Considerable house building has taken place in Wetherby over recent years. A large number of new homes are currently under construction with many more subject to planning applications. The continuation of large-scale development will undoubtedly add to the existing serious highways problems of traffic congestion, road safety, parking, and air and noise pollution. Further pressure will be placed on already overburdened local services such as schools, GP and dental services, social services and emergency services.

    Local Ward Councillor, Alan Lamb, spoke about housing and various planning applications at a very well-attended U3A Current Affairs group meeting in April 2018. This meeting, followed a few weeks later by a public meeting convened by the Wetherby Civic Society, proved to be the catalyst for the establishment of the Better Wetherby Partnership (BWP).

    The BWP has been formed to bring together local organisations and individuals in an alliance for the development and promotion of a more coordinated approach to addressing housing issues. Participating organisations include: Wetherby Town Council; Wetherby Civic Society; Wetherby & Kirk Deighton Countryside Partnership; Wetherby High School Governors; Wetherby & District Medical & Dental Services; Wetherby & District Churches Together; and Kirk Deighton Parish Council.
    The BWP is not a NIMBY lobby group. It is non-political. The organisation fully accepts that some new housing, particularly more ‘affordable’ and reasonably priced homes, will be needed. It has no objection to sympathetic and sustainable development and seeks to promote a considered and responsible approach to new housing.
    The aim of the BWP is to ensure that the physical character of Wetherby and District is protected and developed for the benefit of current and future generations.

    Applications affecting Wetherby and surrounding villages

    On the 25 September 2018, despite receiving over 300 objections, Harrogate Borough Council Planning Committee approved an application by Stockeld Park’s agents to build 210 houses at the top of Spofforth Hill, on Harrogate’s side of the council boundary with Wetherby. This represented a total U-turn of the Committee’s emphatic decision to reject this application just six weeks earlier. The development is likely to have a major and negative impact on the town and nearby villages.

    Another with potentially serious consequences for Wetherby is an application by Taylor Wimpey to build a large residential development of 800 dwellings on green field land off Racecourse Approach near the race course (Leeds Planning Services Case No: 17/02594/OT). Other building applications are also being considered, with more anticipated.

    Action by Wetherby U3A

    After consultation with the U3A National Office, the Wetherby and District U3A Committee has agreed to support the aim of the BWP and endorse its efforts on behalf of the local community. It is understood that the BWP is planning to arrange a public meeting in the near future to update local people about the situation.

    Brian Taylor, Chair 586694 btu3awetherby@gmail.com





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