9th August 2017

We have made progress since the first newsletter; you will have noticed posters and banners around the village to raise awareness of the need to register your objections formally with HBC.

There are over 80 objections in to date (including 22 hand delivered to the Council today), our target is to exceed 200. Quantity is vital.



Information and forms for objection should be with everyone in the village this week.

Don’t forget you can go online to make your objection – https://tinyurl.com/yb8xvwa3 Please note you will need to register to do this.

If you prefer you can email the council planningpolicy@harrogate.gov.uk. However, you MUST provide your name and address in the email and put OBJECT to: HM9: Land to the north of Meadow Close, Hampsthwaite in the subject line.

A website is under construction and the first pages will be up soon.


·       Planning & Legal

·       Traffic Engineering

·       Media Liaison

·       Liaison with other Local Action Groups

·       Unique objections eg proof of nesting curlews

Hands off Hampsthwaite Village Facebook Page is live – please Like and Share with all your friends.

The petition is proving successful with many pages of signatures. They are there to be signed in the Post Office and Sophie’s.

It is our intention to send a letter including the petition to Sir James Aykroyd, the landowner who offered the site to HBC, expressing the concern of the village to such a monstrous development; you may also wish to write to him individually.

Letters have already been sent by the Parish Council and the Feast committee.

In addition to formally objecting to HBC please write to our MP Andrew Jones, our Councillor Michael Harrison and Councillor Rebecca Burnett, Cabinet member for Planning:


Please note that if you are writing to Andrew Jones you must include your name and address or he will not reply. It is important that these people know the strength of feeling and can argue our case if they so wish with lots of evidence.




We are, in conjunction with the Parish Council, taking advice from a planning consultant and legal advice over the council’s role in formulating The Harrogate Local Plan.

Currently, we are focusing entirely on HM9 (The Birstwith Road site) we have one chance of getting it rejected from the local plan. From the end of August, we will be looking at all sites and fighting any planning applications submitted.