New draft plan consultation ends on 25th August 2017 - only 30 days left!
This Special Landscape Area which separates Pannal from Harrogate is yet again under threat of becoming Harrogate's latest housing estate. We need your help to protect this beautiful green space for your children and future generations.
How can you help?
Make your opinions made on the Harrogate Borough Council planning portal AND Spread the word!
Build a Strong Argument in response
11th hour addition to local plan
Ill considered last minute addition to local plan which has already been overwhelminly rejected by local residents
The coalescence argument
Keeping Pannal separate from Harrogate. Negative impact on the local community and conservation area.
Special Landscape Area
Harrogate District Landscape Character Assessment (Feb 2004) highlights the Mid-Crimple Valley (in which PN19 and PN18 are located) as an essential green "rural corridor" separating Harrogate from the village of Pannal and others. This would be compromised by the proposed development
Traffic gridlock is already common on the A61 going through Pannal and Almsford Bank. 227 houses means about 400 additional cars, plus cars and lorries for the 'employment site'. People driving into Harrogate for work will start to find this commute intolerable making it even harder to attract workers into the area.
Tourism and the approach to Harrogate
The Crimple Valley forms a picturesque backdrop for those entering Harrogate on the main road and rail links into the town. The proposed developments would significantly impact the character and appearance of this landscape, to the detriment of both local residents and the local tourism industry
Slowly permeable, seasonally waterlogged land
The Environment Agency has devised a Flood Risk Map which indicates that part of the area identified for development is at high risk of flooding already and this would be made worse with the development of the area due to the increase in non permeable surfaces.
Negative impact on local wildlife and biodiversity
The area is home to a number of different species of wildlife including deer, foxes, herron, owls, kingfishers, and trout
Why the NEED for building on a greenfield site as opposed to other sites?
A large amount of development has already been granted in the local area
There are already approved plans to build new houses on the Dunlopillo site in Pannal which should more than adequately meet the needs for housing growth in Pannal.
Once building starts on the East side of Leeds Road, it will only be a matter of time before the landowners of the remainder of Crimple Valley get what they wanted: development right along the valley towards the viaduct. Access roads for these new developments coming off Leeds Road can easily be extended further along the Crimple Valley.
You can also submit comments via email or postal mail. If you do this you MUST provide your full postal address or your comments will be rejected.
Don't forget you can also submit comments via email or postal mail. If you do this you MUST provide your full postal address or your comments will be rejected.
How to object to the Local Plan
The deadline for comments expires at 4.30pm on Friday 25 August 2017.
Using the Council Planning Portal
To submit your views using the Council consultation portal you must first login into the planning website; you will not be able to view the questions or enter your comments until you have logged in.
How to register
If you do not already have an account you need to register as a Consultee with the Harrogate District Draft Local Plan.
Next complete the Consultee Registration form. When you submit the form you will receive an email from the Council which contains a link you need to click to activate your account. You must click this email link before continuing.
Clicking the email link take you to the login page. You then need to fill in your full name, address, postcode and complete a short survey to continue.
You are now ready to comment on the Local Plan!
The Local Plan is a large document and it can be difficult to identify where you need to comment. The most important places to comment regarding the Crimple Valley are as follows:
Where to comment
The new plans replace the previous site named PN14 put forward in 2016. PN14 has now been split into two seperate plots - one for housing (PN19) and the other for employment (PN18).
Section 4: Additional Draft Employment Allocations > Pannal Sites > PN18: Employment site south of Almsford Bridge, Pannal
Section 3: Additional Draft Housing Allocations > Pannal Sites > PN19: Land to the west of Leeds Road, Pannal
How to submit comments
For both of the points above you can view and add your own comments. Simply click Add Comments tab and you will see options to object and comment on the plan.
Don't forget to read through our ideas for building blocks for making a submission. If you can please comment on both points.
You can also submit your comments via email or post if you prefer or if have trouble with the portal. The email address to submit comments to is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The postal address is:
Local Plan consultation
Planning and Development
P.O. Box 787
Please make sure you include your full name and address with any comments you submit, comments submitted anonymously, or with only a name and email address will be rejected.
Thank you for supporting Save Crimple Valley. Please remember that every single comment counts and please encourage everyone you know to help save this Special Landscape Area.
* Gracious Street Methodist Hall, Knaresborough, Wednesday 26 July, 2-7pm
* Boroughbridge Library, Thursday 27 July, 2-7pm
* Wesley Centre, Harrogate, Saturday 29 July, 10am-2pm
Posted on 7/25/2017 12:00:00 AM
Spring Lane Action Group - A call to meeting to discuss Local Plan Ammendments.
Pannal and Burn Bridge Parish Council - 7pm at the Pannal Methodist Church.
Posted on 7/17/2017 12:00:00 AM
The HBC Local Plan consultation will commence on 14th July. There will be a South and West of Harrogate Joint Forum at Ashville College Auditorium on Tuesday, 20th June at 7pm.
Posted on 6/19/2017 12:00:00 AM
Questions raised at the Save Crimple Valley meeting on 1st November 2016:
- Why so many groups seem to be involved? How was liaison being arranged? (see this week's Advertiser)
- Whether the 2008 'Policy' on 40% affordable housing was factored into the current draft proposals for rural sites?
- What is the difference between gypsies and travellers? Why not plan to put Gypsy sites on traditional Gypsy routes?
- What is the real significance of the Plan`s inclusion of Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment [SHELAA] sites?
- The relevance of the expansion of businesses in The Valley?
- Whether the purchase of the some of the Valley land in 1952 contained anything that might amount to a binding restraint on the Council now allocating that land for development?
- How to persuade the planners to listen to the local community?
Posted on 11/2/2016 12:00:00 AM
The Hall was full, with many standing at the back as well. Cllr John Mann gave his apologies for not coming but County Cllr Cliff Trotter was there and spoke in the latter part of the Meeting. A number of the Parish Councillors were present including the Chairman, Howard West.
It was stressed that we all must register with the Council and write an individual letter or email in response to the Plan which comes out on Nov 11th. You can register now. All letters or email must be sent in by 23rd December 2016.
The website www.savecrimplevalley.org.uk will provide building blocks that can be used to write to the Council in response to the Plan. The outlines for your response are already there on the website and will be expanded.
Links to the Council documents are on the website. Do register and respond to the Plan
Pannal Hall meeting, 25th October 2016
Posted on 10/25/2016 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday November 1st 2016 - Pannal Village Hall, HG3 1JG - 8pm
Plans for housing and economic development for the next 20 years have been published by Harrogate Borough Council. A PDF copy of the document relevant to Crimple Valley can be downloaded here.
The plans include threats to valley, much of which is either Special Landscape Area or Green Belt. For the past two decades this Group has sought to protect the valley and to mitigate the effects of adverse development.
If we are to face the challenges of the future the Group will need new blood as well as younger members and to seek to achieve these we will hold an Emergency General Meeting at 8pm on Tuesday November 1st in Pannal Village Hall near the railway station. It would help if you could let us know you are coming by emailing email@example.com but please feel free to turn up on the day.
The meeting will be open to all - we look forward to seeing you!
Posted on 10/1/2016 12:00:00 AM
After a quiet spell several issues affecting the valley have surfaced and, by coincidence, all of them affect the middle part of the valley in the Leeds Road area and all of them seek to emphasise their impact on the valley rather than blending into the valley.
Firstly the garden centres on Leeds Road have been combined and have announced development proposals which will have a material effect on the Special Landscape Area. The first planning application, which was for imposing access, walling, lighting and car parking, was withdrawn and is expected to be resubmitted. A Change of Use planning application, to permit a restaurant at the former Brookside Nursery has been submitted and is now under consideration.
Secondly the Mercedes-Benz garage on Leeds Road is seeking to extend its site by 25 metres to the north, to rebuild the workshop and provide an additional 129 parking spaces
Thirdly the formal examination of the new Local Plan has been announced and in the next 2 months the appointed inspector will be reviewing the soundness of proposed sites and policies. One of the proposed sites, known as HS 6(a), is to designate the land opposite the Mercedes-Benz garage as a district sport centre. Such a proposal raises several issues including
- A: the soundness of the site selection having regard to other policies
- B: the alternative availability of the sports facilities adjacent to the Dunlopillo site and the former police training college
- C: the size and impact of the proposed HS6(a) site which is proposed to extend beyond the Crimple Beck
If you have any views on the above issues or if you would like further information please contact the Chairman or Secretary.
Posted on 4/2/2014 12:00:00 AM
About Save Crimple Valley
The Crimple Valley is part of a special landscape area which rings the southern fringes of Harrogate in North Yorkshire. It takes its name from the Crimple Beck which, in turn, in the 1950's lent its name to an ICI fabric - 'Crimplene'
The Valley is spanned by a handsome Victorian railway viaduct, which is a listed monument and a focal point. The land is mainly agricultural and well served with attractive walks which allow many to enjoy this local beauty spot.
Proposals to introduce developments, such as a supermarket, into the valley led to the formation in the early 1990's of a Save Crimple Valley Campaign.
A proposal in the 1997 Local Plan to relocate the local Rugby Club in the centre of the valley with a massive stadium and car parking for over 700 vehicles produced many objections . This led to an increase in the membership to 650 of the Save Crimple Valley group.
The group was successful in convincing the Inspector at the Public Inquiry that it had no opposition either to rugby or to the Rugby Club but that the special landscape features of the area should be preserved.
The committee keeps an eye on the planning applications and the use of the land in the Valley- the golf clubs, the gardens centres and nurseries, the garages and showrooms, etc..
We work with Pannal Village Society and the Harrogate Civic Society on these consultations.
Special Landscape Area
This Special Landscape Area is extremely attractive and provides a very strong landscape structure and preserved consistency. The area as a whole comprises exceptional quality landscape as well as being important to the setting of the town.