Hampsthwaite Action Group Newsletter No 9

March 2018

It’s been a while – it’s been a long cold winter – but we’ve been beavering away behind the scenes on your behalf!


HM 4 & 5 Rowden Lane. At last week’s full planning meeting this revised planning application for eighty houses and a medical centre was again turned down unanimously, largely on the grounds of setting and landscape. The Action Group spoke against the application at the meeting.

HM 9 and Church Lane we are still waiting for a planning date to be announced. The Action Group along with over three hundred residents have made their objections clear. HM 9, again, is a prominent site which if developed would dominate the landscape and impact on the conservation area, the nearby AONB and the historic heart of the village.

Consequently, the Action Group and the Parish Council have commissioned a Landscape consultant to prepare a professional objection to this site.

A planning barrister is also being briefed to launch a judicial review, as we believe several mistakes have been made in the planning process and we are determined to prevent this development going ahead.

The cost of these initiatives is high, and we are very grateful for the wonderful response we have had to our pledge scheme. However, we have not yet reached our target so if you have not yet made a pledge or donation & would like to please get in touch!!

Thanks to the very generous offer by Sophie’s Coffee Shop & Bistro we raised almost £1600 when Sophie donated the takings on 12th March – together with over £1,000 in pledges.

The Soup & Sandwich lunch held at St Thomas A’Beckett’s Church this month donated their takings of £75 – thank you.

Other fund-raising events are being planned, watch out for further information.

The Local Plan. The local plan has now closed for any further objections, it includes HM 7 & HM 9. Again, we had an overwhelming response to the initial call to object to the plans and recently HAG submitted eleven points challenging the legal compliance and soundness of the plan. This submission was supported by almost 400 of you signing the petition saying so.

The plan will now go before a government inspector who will look at all our objections and there will be a public hearing where we hope to be represented and allowed to speak

Finally, if we have discovered anything during our fight it is that Harrogate Councillors cannot be relied on to protect our Dales villages, they voted through the local plan whilst pledging to fight any building in their own wards.

This despite the very well thought through objections from us and other local groups in the district. They are just not listening.

Would you be willing to stand?

The elections in May will be significant as there are boundary changes resulting in a reduction of councillors from 54 to 40. All wards will be up for election. HAG would like to field a candidate. This candidate would vow to fight all large-scale developments that would harm the distinctive character of the Dales villages. Your campaign would be supported by HAG both financially and with volunteers. Please let us know if you would consider this and would like to discuss further.