Arkendale villagers given chance to question plans for Flaxby Park

Flaxby Park representatives attended a meeting of Arkendale Parish Council on September 6 2016 to outline plans for the new settlement and to answer questions.

Around 30 villagers turned up for the meeting and heard from Flaxby Park spokesman Ray Mallon and lead architect Michael Wildblood.
Mr Wildblood (pictured) outlined how homes would cover the full spectrum from low cost and starter to executive and self build. These would radiate out from a central hub of facilities including a school, health centre, community hall, shops and other amenities.

The prospect of a new rail halt is being explored along with a park and ride scheme.

Mr Mallon explained that Harrogate District Council is currently deciding which areas can be identified on the local plan for development, including a site for a new settlement of around 2750 homes. Flaxby Park Ltd. hopes the 440 acre site they either own or have an option on will become the council's preferred option for such a settlement. A decision is expected by Summer 2017.

Villagers made clear their concern that if the settlement were to get the go-ahead the road that runs north through Coneythorpe and Arkendale onto the A1 could become a 'rat run'.

Flaxby Park gave a commitment that this would be looked into. Villagers also acknowledged that they need to raise these concerns with the Highways Authority so effective road management measures can be put in place at the design stage.

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