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    Details of the work of the Community Payback Team in Hampsthwaite Hampsthwaite Parish Council was approached in December 2016 to seek our support for the Community Payback scheme. The Unpaid Work Requirement (commonly known as Community Payback) is one of the requirements that can be included in a community order. It involves service users doing compulsory work for the benefit of the community. Types of Work Undertaken Work in Hampsthwaite Volunteers Current Year Reports Contact: Unpaid Work Placement Coordinator, Interserve (Justice) The Humberside, Lincolnshire & North Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company Ltd Harrogate Probation Office Harrogate Redefining the future for people and placesWebsite: www.interserve.comPhone: 07720  213674Email:
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  • Hands Off Hampsthwaite Action Group

    Newsletters and Updates resulting from Action Group meetings An Action Group to oppose excessive development in Hampsthwaite was formed following the public meting at the Memorial Hall on Thursday 19th July 2017.Meetings are held on Monday evenings, 6.00pm  at Sophie's Coffee Shop unless advised otherwise. Email: URL: FaceBook:@handsoffhampsthwaitevillage Twitter:
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Harrogate Borough Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan which will set out how the district should grow and develop to 2035.

Community Led Housing in the AONB - Important meeting on 13th March 2018

As a Parish Council within the Nidderdale AONB I am inviting you to a presentation and discussion on how community led housing can contribute towards ensuring that there are enough homes of the right type to meet the needs of those who live and work in the Nidderdale AONB. There is over £500,000 funding we need to pass onto local groups to get them started in meeting the housing needs of local communities in the district. In addition to this Homes England has over £60 million available each year for community led housing projects.

Please come along to find our more at Pateley Bridge Council Chamber, King Street, Pateley Bridge, HG3 5LE  on Tuesday 13th March 2018 from 6pm. We will be finished by 8pm.

I will be doing a short presentation on the benefits to local communities and how we can work together to bring forward community led housing projects in the Nidderdale AONB. I look forward to seeing you on the 13th March. If you cannot attend but still would like to know more then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Affordable Housing Development Officer
Housing and Property
Harrogate Borough Council
PO Box 787
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Case No. 17/01597/OUTMAJ Item No. 2
Location: Land Comprising Field At Grid Reference 426031 458228, Brookfield Garth, Hampsthwaite.
Proposal: Outline application for the erection of up to 39 dwellings with access to, but not within, the site considered. (Site Area 1.34Ha)
Applicant: Stonebridge Homes
Access to the case file on Public Access can be found here:- view file
Reason for report: This application is to be presented to the Planning Committee because it is considered by officers to be sensitive and locally controversial.

Statement by Councillor Rebecca Burnett, Harrogate Borough Council Cabinet Member for Planning

"Development is rarely popular with everybody but we will, as a Council and a community, fail future generations in terms of housing, the environment and jobs if we fail to address the housing issue."

See full statement at

Make of it what you will.

Meetings with Andrew Jones MP September 1st 2017

The Chair of Hampsthwaite Parish Council, together other Members, met with Andrew Jones MP on Friday 1st September. As a follow-up to that meeting the following letter was sent to the MP to reiterate the points raised.


Andrew Jones also acknowledged the meeting with the letter listed below as : 'Initial response to Sept 1st mtg from Andrew Jones MP'

As advised in the letter from Andrew Jones, HBC responded by the following letter to the points raised on 20th October 2017:


Hands Off Hampsthwaite Action Group

An Action Group to oppose excessive development in Hampsthwaite was formed following the public meting at the Memorial Hall on Thursday 19th July 2017.

Meetings are held on Monday evenings, 6.00pm  at Sophie's Coffee Shop unless advised otherwise.


Newsletters and Updates resulting from Action Group meetings

Previous iterations of HBC proposals and supporting documents are listed below with particular reference to their impact on Hampsthwaite.

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Proposed Submission of Two Planning Applications for Residential Development in Hampsthwaite

Land at Elton Lane ((HBC Site Ref. HM9) and Church Lane/St Thomas a'Becket Walk

Letter to Occupiers and Site Plan

Vernon & Co - click for full size image
Vernon & Co

The proposal by Vernon & Co. (between Brookfield and Rowden Lane)

Residential development of up to 150 dwellings (outlined in red)

The greater part of this site (to the east) was part of HBC’s LDF ‘consultation’ in 2013 as site RL37a but screened out because site “cannot be satisfactorily accessed”.

It appears that this has now been addressed since it is now joined with adjacent land (to the west) to connect it through to Rowden Lane.

Birstwith Road Site (HM9)
Birstwith Road Site (HM9)

Birstwith Road Site (HM9)

HBC Sustainability Appraisal Summary for HM9
This is a triangular agricultural field to the north of the village. There are positive social effects as the site is large enough to provide affordable housing, which in turn has positive economic effects as provision of affordable housing will help support existing businesses. The site is accessible to a play area/amenity open space/outdoor sports and can meet the recreation needs of the area. Positive impacts occur as there is some accessibility to local services but negative effects arise as the local primary school is at or near capacity and may require expansion and the lack of pavements does not encourage pedestrian access to services. Some potential adverse effects on biodiversity but relatively easy to mitigate. Negative landscape impacts are identified with limited opportunities for mitigation and there is a negative impact on local distinctiveness. There is also likely harm to the significance of a heritage asset but mitigation is possible.
Brookfield Garth
Brookfield Garth

Proposed Brookfield Garth Development

Details of local response to the application by Stonebridge Homes to Harrogate Borough Council to build 46 houses on the field which Brookfield Garth leads into.
SHEELA Non-allocated sites July 2017 - click for full size image
SHEELA Non-allocated sites July 2017

Harrogate District Draft Local Plan: Sustainability Appraisal Addendum July 2017

Map of sites in Hampsthwaite that have been assessed against the sustainability appraisal, but not included as a draft allocation in the draft Local Plan.

Under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 local authorities are required to undertake a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) of local plans.

Note that SA2 in the 2016 Draft Sustainability Appraisal lists Hampsthwaite as having a shortfall in sports provision and only sites larger than 8.5ha should therefore be considered!
Grange Park
Grange Park

Grange Park Development

Details of the local response in 2013 to the current development of 56 homes to the south of Brookfield.

Also included are links to the various HBC documents considered relevant at the time and detail of previous successful appeals which avoided development of this same site in 1985 and again in 1990.
SHEELA sites in Hampsthwaite 2016
SHEELA sites in Hampsthwaite 2016


The SHELAA is a technical document that provides information about sites, submitted to the council for consideration as part of the Local Plan, which may have some potential for housing or employment at some stage in the future. It includes maps of settlements where land has been suggested, and provides some brief information about the sites e.g. the proposed use for the site.
Vilage Plan
Vilage Plan

Village Plan

The Hampsthwaite Village Plan is the culmination of an extensive survey of the people who live in Hampsthwaite during May 2006. The survey sought residents views about the village, what they valued and what they wanted to see improved.

In 2003, the Government, via The Countryside Agency, launched the Village Plan initiative supported by grant funding. The purpose was to:

"help rural communities to take charge of their destinies and to strengthen local government."

As a response to this initiative, in July 2005 a working group was formed to draw up our Village Plan. Our motivation was:

  • to try to ensure that the village developed as its residents wanted;
  • to enhance and improve the villages environment and amenities;
  • to use the Plan as the basis for future funding bids.

Over the following nine months, a number of social events were held in order to test residents' interest. Out of this process, a 56 question survey was distributed to 441 households in the village during May 2006. 258 questionnaires were returned, a 59% response rate, demonstrating a high level of interest in the survey. All percentages quoted in the Plan have been based on the total number of replies.

Harrogate Borough Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan which will set out how the district should grow and develop to 2035.