200-home scheme to be built on former training centre site

A development of 200 homes will be constructed at the former National Policing Improvement Agency training centre off Yew Tree Lane, Harrogate.

Countryside, a mixed-tenure developer specialising in placemaking and regeneration, has exchanged contracts with Homes England to create these properties.

It will be the first project for Countryside in Harrogate since establishing its presence in Yorkshire in 2019.

Homes England appointed Countryside as its development partner via its Delivery Partner Panel 3 (DPP3) framework, which is designed to facilitate the efficient procurement of residential developments and provide high quality new homes across a variety of tenures.

Of the 200 homes to be built, 140 will be available on the open market with the remaining homes available for affordable rent or affordable ownership through a registered partner.

The project will include the conversion of several buildings to create 16 homes alongside 184 new build properties, all of which will range in size from one to five bedrooms.

Countryside will retain the North Lodge entrance to preserve the streetscape.

Building work at the 8.5 hectare site is hoped to start early next year and will also see Countryside create central parkland, associated access roads and a cycle link.

Chris Penn, managing director, Partnerships Yorkshire, Countryside, said: “Since establishing our presence in Yorkshire in 2019, we have delivered a number of developments across the region that fulfil our ambition to create beautiful homes that collectively form new and sustainable communities.

“This is a vision we share with Homes England and we are delighted to have exchanged contracts for the redevelopment of the site at Yew Tree Lane in Harrogate.

“We look forward to progressing the scheme with Homes England to accommodate the local need for high quality and efficient new homes.”