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New Village Of 3,000 Homes To Be Built Near Harrogate
A disused golf course at Flaxby, on the outskirts of Harrogate, is set to be transformed into a sustainable village community of nearly 3,000 homes, with plans now finally submitted to the local council after over a year of talks.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Flaxby Park developers say the new village will help to support over 240 full-time construction jobs, to generate more than £453.8 million over the next 20 years and help to create up to 659 new jobs in the village centre.
As well as the village centre, there will also be a lot of open space, sports facilities, a GP’s surgery, a retirement village, two primary schools and 2,750 high quality houses. Furthermore, direct travel to both Leeds and York could be facilitated because the reopening of the old Goldsborough railway station has also been suggested.
Flaxby Park’s Chris Musgrave was quoted by the news source as saying: “A key feature of Flaxby Park has always been about the vast economic benefits it will create. These will include supporting more than 240 full-time construction jobs, during the phased 20-year development plan, as part of a substantial investment that is estimated to exceed £400 million.
“A key principle of our plan has focused on transport and Flaxby Park will certainly be a very convenient place to live for anyone working at Flaxby Green Park, as well as complementing the business park’s innovative credentials. Our design will also see the reopening of the former Goldsborough Station, alongside a new park and ride scheme, which will greatly enhance public transport provision in the area.”
The plan is to also foster safe and healthy movement on foot, bus and by bike around the local community in order to reduce car use and create sustainable and efficient links with Harrogate (which is just 15 minutes away), Knaresborough, Leeds and the rest of the UK.
Security and peace of mind has also been prioritised, with ornamental gateways to be a feature including the Flaxby Park deer motif, an entrance lodge in a beautiful rustic style with trained concierge staff on hand, a CCTV system monitoring what’s going on and a 24/7 security patrol and helpline.
According to the Post, two years ago the site was going to be transformed into an entire new town by Skelwith Leisure, but it went into provisional liquidation. This was put down to the costs of a legal dispute over ownership of the land at Flaxby Golf Course.
The Skelwith Group first put forward the idea of a £100 million country resort, complete with a five-star hotel and a golf course. But work on the hotel was stopped after builders completed work on a roundabout near the A1 in 2014 – despite the company having already sold 158 rooms in the hotel to investors.
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