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Illustrative Masterplan

An example of how development could come forward
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Development Proposals


Homes England is proposing to submit an outline planning application for the development of up to 480 new homes at Bluecoat Park, set within an attractive landscaped environment that will seek to:


Bring forward and re-masterplan a site that is a commitment in the Local Plan.


Provide new homes that will align with Harrogate’s identified housing needs. In accordance with local policy, 40% will be affordable new homes. 


Provide an increase in family accommodation, rather than larger less affordable, executive properties. This can sometimes result in a higher housing yield on a site but we will always promote high quality design and place making – meeting Building for Healthy Life principles.


Include an extensive range of community and environmental benefits including dedicated sports facilities (pitches, changing facilities, parking), public open space areas and recreation opportunities (including children’s play).


Provide a new cricket ground at the heart of the development, including a new pavilion facility that will also be available for wider community use. These facilities will provide a permanent home for Pannal Ash Cricket Club, allowing it to return to the site and re-establish alongside the new housing that will surround it.


Promote sustainable travel and connectivity, including the creation of a network of cycle and pedestrian routes through the site that will connect with the surrounding area and beyond – including a footpath link to Bluecoat Wood Nurseries.


Public transport links through the eastern part of the site from Beckwith Head Road.


Funding towards local highway improvements, including schemes identified as part of the West of Harrogate Infrastructure Delivery Plan. 


Utilise Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and accelerate innovation and sustainability to help create a place that has a reduced impact on the environment


Retain existing hedgerows and trees wherever possible as well as provide a range of new ecological enhancements, including sustainable urban drainage systems, woodland planting, bio-diversity features and improved management opportunities for the Bluecoats Field Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC). These will allow the new homes to be part of a sustainable, bio-diverse and attractive environment.

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The adopted Harrogate District Local Plan 2014 - 2035 allocates several sites on the western side of Harrogate for the delivery of new housing and employment provision, key services and facilities with associated transport, communications and green and blue infrastructure.

Homes England is currently working with Harrogate Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council and other relevant landowners/promoters to prepare additional documents required by the Local Plan known as the West Harrogate Parameters Plan (WHPP) and the Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP). These plans will help with the delivery of key matters associated with housing and employment use, such as access, community and health facilities, school provision, green and blue infrastructure, highway and public transport provision, and cycling and pedestrian links.

The Bluecoat Park development is being brought forward in tandem with these emerging Plans and is acknowledging their expectations and emerging requirements. Homes England is being proactive to progress the work necessary to support the new homes proposed.

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All images / house designs are indicative and are not finalised. Their purpose is to provide an example of how the development could look.