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Plans to be submitted for new development on old golf course

Plans to be submitted for new development on old golf course

A disused golf course in North Yorkshire is set to become home to 2,750 households in a  major new residential-led development.

The 430-acre site at Flaxby near Knaresborough was bought last year by Flaxby Park Ltd, a joint venture involving businesswoman Ann Gloag and regeneration experts Chris Musgrave and Trevor Cartner.

It will submit a planning application next month, with the homes set to be accompanied by a new village centre, two schools, improved road access including a £4 million roundabout, and a railway station providing connections to York and Leeds. 

The developers have said the new scheme will produce a "sustainable new community", with Harrogate Borough Council being involved in the development. The plans have been on public display in recent months to ascertain the views of local people. 

Discussing the scheme, Mr Musgrave said: "We have listened closely to what stakeholders and the public have told us over many months, resulting in a planning application that sets the template for excellence in 21st-century living.

"Thanks to their input and the hard work of our talented award-winning project team, we have finessed our vision of a self-sustaining community in a country park setting."

If it gets the green light, the scheme will mark the latest stage in what the developer calls "exciting times for Harrogate’s future growth". The old golf resort lies next to the site where the council recently granted planning permission for the construction of the Flaxby Green Park development, an £85 million business and industrial site that will create thousands of jobs.

The new station would be built alongside the existing railway line that passes along the south-western edge of the site, which is adjacent to Junction 47 of the A1(M), where it meets the A59.

It will be the latest of several new railway stations improving connectivity in Yorkshire. The Kirkstall Forge station in Leeds was recently opened as part of the now-completed first phase of the regeneration of the brownfield site, and three new stations set to open in the city include the Leeds-Bradford Airport Parkway station.

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