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Housing application submitted for Ripon Barracks

Words: Laura Edgar
Clotherholme CGI / Homes England

A planning application comprising 1,300 homes has been lodged with Harrogate Borough Council for an extension to Ripon.

Homes England and the DIO have entered into a partnership to progress redevelopment of surplus Ministry of Defence land to provide much-needed new homes.

The application, submitted by Homes England and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), is part of plans to turn Ripon Barracks into Clotherholme.

The site is in one of the most expensive housing markets in Yorkshire, said Homes England.

Marie Kiddell, head of planning and enabling at Homes England, explained: “The validation of this planning application is a major step towards creating Clotherholme and helping meet local housing needs, 30 per cent of the homes will be affordable alongside those for sale on the open market.

“As well as homes our application includes all the local infrastructure the new community will need including a primary school, sports pitches, a dedicated employment zone and local retail facilities.”

The types of homes set out in the application include a two and three-bedroom mid-range houses and apartments. A 60-bed assisted living scheme also features as part of the plans.  

A design guide for the development seeks to ensure that the development looks and feels like an integrated part of Ripon.  

Catherine Davies, DIO head of estates, added: “This is the first site to be developed as part of our partnership with Homes England and it is exciting to have reached this significant milestone following a range of consultation with the local community.

“This proposed development supports the MoD’s ongoing commitment to invest in a more fit-for-purpose defence estate that will better support the armed forces’ future needs as well as delivering a range of benefits to the local community and we look forward to seeing it progress further in the coming weeks and months.”

Trevor Watson, director of economy and culture at Harrogate Borough Council, explained that the redevelopment of Ripon Barracks is a key priority for the council. It is expected that the planning application will be determined by the council’s planning committee in early 2021.

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