Agenda and minutes

Harrogate and Knaresborough Area Constituency Planning Committee - Wednesday, 31st May, 2023 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Civic Centre, St Luke's Avenue, Harrogate, HG1 2AE. View directions

Contact: Harriet Clarke - Democratic Services Officer 

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Apologies for Absence


The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and advised that due to a technical issue, the meeting could not be live-streamed. 


Councillor Sam Gibbs attended as a substitute for Councillor Paul Haslam. Apologies for absence had been received from Councillors John Mann and Paul Haslam.



Minutes for the Meeting held on 25 April 2023 pdf icon PDF 358 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 25 April 2023 as an accurate record.




That the minutes of the meeting held on 25 April 2023, having been printed and circulated, be taken as read and confirmed and signed by the Chair as a correct record.


Declarations of Interests

All Members are invited to declare at this point any interests they have in items appearing on this agenda, including the nature of those interests.


There were no declarations of interest.



Public Questions and Statements

Members of the public may ask questions or make statements at this meeting if they have given notice (including the text of the question/statement) to Harriet Clarke of Democratic Services via by midday on Thursday 25 May 2023. Each speaker should limit themselves to 3 minutes on any item. Members of the public who have given notice will be invited to speak:-


·         At this point in the meeting if their questions/statements relate to matter which are not otherwise on the Agenda (subject to an overall time limit of 30 minutes).

·         When the relevant Agenda item is being considered if they wish to speak on a matter which is on the Agenda for this meeting.


There was one public question received from Adele Laurie-Wilson, in relation to Agenda item 5.  The Chair agreed to hear the public question as part of that agenda item.



20/01333/FULMAJ - Full Planning Application for 53 No. Residential Dwellings with Associated Parking, Public Open Space And Landscaping (Amended Submission) at Land Comprising Field at 429829 457681 Knox Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire On Behalf Of Jomast pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Report of the Assistant Director – Planning.


20/01333/FULMAJ - Full Planning Application for 53 No. Residential Dwellings with Associated Parking, Public Open Space And Landscaping (Amended Submission) at Land Comprising Field at 429829 457681 Knox Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire On Behalf Of Jomast





Land Comprising Field At 429829 457681 Knox Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire


APPLICANT:            Jomast


Considered –


The Assistant Director Planning sought determination of a planning application for 53 residential dwellings with associated parking, public open space and landscaping (Amended submission) at the land comprising field at 429829 457681, Knox Lane, Harrogate.


The Chair welcomed Adele Laurie-Wilson to the meeting and invited her to read out her public question as follows:


“Dear Planning Committee Meeting members


I wish to raise a question in relation to point 5 on the agenda, regarding the proposed development on Knox Lane.


The planning application at point 5 is made in relation to an area that has been designated in the local plan under policy NE4 as a “Special Landscape Area (SLA)”.


In the past, a planning application was made by an owner of a small portion of this land within the SLA, which is adjacent to 53 Old Trough Way. The application was to change its use from agricultural to domestic residential, no building was proposed.


The planning application was refused by Harrogate Borough Council on the basis of the SLA nature.


The owner appealed the council’s refusal and the case was taken to the Planning Inspectorate.


On 9th March 2022, The Planning Inspectorate, upheld Harrogate Council’s decision to refuse the change of use. I quote – The main issue is the effect of the proposal on the character and appearance of the Special Landscape Area and countryside. The Planning Inspectorate notes that “the proposal would be in conflict with policies NE3 and NE4 of the Harrogate District Local Plan March 2020 and the National Planning Policy Framework.”


The proposal at point 5 is also in contravention of the explicit condition in the Northern Powergrid letters posted on the council planning portal dated 15 February 2022 and 2 September 2022. Both letters say “Please note ground cover must not be altered either above our cables or below overhead lines...”. I note the planning proposal has the service road passing directly under the power cables in two places.


My question to the committee is: How can the proposed development at agenda point 5 be recommended for approval by the planning officer when there is already a precedent of domestic development being refused, not only by the local council, but also the Planning Inspectorate on this land in the same area of Special Landscape Area (contravenes NE3 and NE4), as well as it being in direct contravention of Northern Powergrid’s condition that no ground cover directly under the power cables is altered?”


In response, Nick Turpin, Planning Manager confirmed the following:


In terms of the appeal decision which relates to planning application 21/03235/FUL (APP/E2734/W/22/3290226), it should be noted that the site falls outside the residential allocation area and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.


Any other items

Any other items which the Chair agrees should be considered as a matter of urgency because of special circumstances.


There was no urgent business.


Date of Next Meeting

Tuesday, 27 June 2023 at 2.00 pm.


Tuesday 27 June, 2023.