A PLANNING application for more than 200 homes in Pickering has been given the green light, despite concerns from residents.

David Wilson Homes applied for permission to build 239 properties in Whitby Road, including a mixture of one to four-bedroomed homes.

More than 40 objections have also been received from residents, as well as the Heatherside (Pickering) Residents’ Association with concerns over highways and traffic, as well as flooding and drainage related issues.

However, in a report to Ryedale District Council’s planning committee, head of planning Gary Housden said: “There has been much interest in this aspect of the application from third parties, in relation to the access point from Whitby Road, the crossing point across the A169 proposed, connectivity to the town centre for pedestrians and need for off- site pedestrian improvements.

“The requirement of North Yorkshire County Council’s Highway include the provision of a widened footpath between the site and the infant school and a pedestrian island on the A169.

“A Section 106 contribution is also sought to improve the A169/A170 roundabout.”

Mr Housden said following consultations, no objections were raised on drainage grounds for both foul and surface water control.

The application was given approval, subject to conditions.