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JTP’s Harrogate scheme gets planning boost

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JTP has moved a step closer to delivering a 345-home scheme in North Yorkshire, after councillors approved its reserved matters application

Harrogate Borough Council backed the detail of the practice’s Skipton Road proposals, having granted outline planning permission in 2014.

The 18ha scheme, backed by housing association Home Group, will create a new neighbourhood on the outskirts of Harrogate, with 40 per cent of housing designated affordable.

JTP, which has offices in London, Edinburgh and China, said the neighbourhood would be arranged into distinct character areas, with the design and layout of homes ‘reflecting a contemporary interpretation of the local vernacular’.

‘Each area provides homes in a variety of sizes and tenures to ensure the growth of a balanced, sustainable community,’ said the practice.

Landscaped areas will include community growing gardens and play spaces, and the layout is designed to prioritise pedestrians and cyclists over cars.

A central parkland to be known as The Meadows will create a green heart for the community.

JTP partner Joanna Allen said: ‘Working with local interest groups to protect and enhance important elements of the existing landscape, including a disused quarry, was a key aspect of our design strategy for the site.

‘The layout reinforces this approach, grouping homes together to provide shelter, creating landmarks in key locations and framing green vistas.

’Most importantly, the new neighbourhood aims to build a strong community by providing a varied sequence of streets and spaces, designed to make orientation easy, create strong focal points and foster social interaction between new and existing residents.’

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