Harrogate residents campaign to save view from Panorama Walk
A number of Harrogate residents have appealed to council planners to prevent the construction of 13 homes off Otley Road, claiming it will ruin the view from Panorama Walk.
Keyland Developments, a sister company to Yorkshire Water, has applied for planning permission to build the houses on Harlow Hill. But a campaign fighting against the development has been undertaken, and the opponents’ Facebook group has over 250 members, and more than 90 people have commented on the application on the Harrogate Borough Council website (at the time of writing).
The campaign was started by Graham Gotts, who lives on Wharfedale Crescent. He said:
“They are taking away the view from the majority to give it to the minority.
“I walk my dog there every day, so do so many people, there are memorial benches there because people enjoy that view over Harrogate and beyond. Judging by the prices of the other Yorkshire Water sites these won’t be affordable houses for normal local people.”
There are two former Yorkshire Water sites in Harrogate that have been developed recently. Harlow One, as it is known, off Harlow Moor Road has homes ranging in price from £275,000 to £550,000, and at another development off Cornwall Road homes cost between £800,000 and £1.75 million.
Neil Hinds, the chair of Pinewoods Conservation Group commented:
“The group has also been working with Yorkshire Water to increase biodiversity on their land between the proposed development site and Nursery Lane. We have written to both Yorkshire Water and the developers to seek assurances that this key green area will not be impacted as part of the proposed plans”.
Do you think 13 new homes would spoil Panorama Walk? Is this simply natural progress in a growing town? Let us know what you think.