Existing Site Context
Bluecoat Park is Housing Commitment H45 in Harrogate’s Local Plan and is one of several sites that form the West of Harrogate Growth Area.
The site comprises around 28ha of land on the western edge of Harrogate, approximately 1.7 miles from the Town Centre. It is bounded by Otley Road to the north, Beckwith Head Road to the east and Howhill Road to the west.
The site is generally flat with the land divided by existing hedgerows and trees.
Beyond the site, there are a variety of neighbouring uses which include existing houses, a business park and residential care facility.
Bluecoat Wood Nurseries, accessed from Otley Road, is surrounded on three sides by the development site. The Nurseries is the home of Horticap, an independent, registered charity and provides training for adults with learning and other disabilities as well as retail plant nursery, café, shop and nature trail.
A large proportion of the site has until recently been used by the Pennine View Stud for an equestrian breeding and training centre along with associated grazing land across the site.
Relevant Planning History
In 2013, the site previously had a draft allocation for 680 dwellings in the Submission Draft Harrogate Sites and Policies Development Plan Document (November 2013).
In 2016, outline planning permission was granted for the development of up to 450 dwellings on the site (planning reference: 15/00798/EIAMAJ). This permission established the principle of developing the site for residential use but was undeliverable and the site failed to sell leading to market failure.
In 2020, the site was identified as a ‘Committed Housing Development’ site within the adopted Harrogate District Local Plan (site reference H45). This is the site’s current designation.
Therefore, the principle of building new housing on the site is established.