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Challenge to Kirkbymoorside homes plan
1:57pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
TOWN councillors at Kirkbymoorside are taking action to overturn a decision to build a housing estate on the edge of the town.
It follows Ryedale District Council’s (RDC) planning committee’s decision to back the plans by developers Gladman to build 260 homes at Westfield, close to the town’s primary school.
At Monday night’s town council meeting, which was packed with residents, councillors agreed to support a group which has been set up to explore the possibility of seeking a judicial review on the RDC decision – made by a single vote – and to also ask Ryedale House to review the decision with a view to it being rescinded.
Local MP Anne McIntosh is being asked to put her weight behind the campaign for a re-think on the plan.
However, councillors said that while they would support a judicial review, they would not put finance towards it being carried out. It is understood that private land and property owners are taking the action to have the planning approval reviewed at a top legal level.
The Mayor, Coun Chris Dowie, said a judicial review was a way the decision could be overturned, although RDC could revoke it.
RDC approved the scheme just two months after rejecting a similar one for the site. It will see the building of 210 homes and 50 extra care apartments for older people built in open fields.
While actual voting at the planning committee was tied at two-two with the chairman, Coun John Raper casting his vote in favour, six members abstained.
Opponents of the scheme said it would put pressure on Kirkbymoorside’s infrastructure.
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