New village plans to be cut from development blueprint

North Yorkshire Council says plans for a new community, between York and Selby, have been put on hold.

A total of around 4,000 homes were proposed for the site near Stillingfleet, known as Heronby. But campaigners from nearby villages had voiced concerns about impact on traffic.

North Yorkshire Council said the plans should be removed from a blueprint which outlines future development in the area.

Heronby was earmarked for a 173-hectare site to the south of Escrick Road near Stillingfleet. It had been an important part of a strategy to address long-term housing needs for the area up to 2040 and part of a wider local plan for the Selby area.

Initial plans for Heronby said it would feature a mix of affordable and open-market homes, set within green spaces for recreation and sport, alongside business premises and schools.

The village would be based around a high street and market square, and there would also be new neighbourhood centres offering facilities close to homes.

However, campaigners, who set up the Halt Heronby action group, had warned the scheme would be “damaging and unnecessary” and would have a major impact on the A19.

Landowner Escrick Park Estate said it intended to put in place highway improvements as part of the scheme.

North Yorkshire Council’s executive members were told “due to concerns raised about the highways impact of the new settlement which cannot be fully resolved at this stage, the proposals should be removed from the plan.”

But executive members also recommended four more sites which would be added to the blueprint.

North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for open for business, Councillor Derek Bastiman, said: “The revised plan recommends removing the Heronby settlement proposal and adding in new allocations for housing in the villages of Hambleton, North Duffield, Hensall and Eggborough.”

If the revised plans are approved by the full council, a six-week public consultation will be held in March.

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