Plans for 200 new homes at former Harrogate police training site

Two hundred new homes are set to be built on the site of a former police training facility in a North Yorkshire town – which has been empty for a decade.

Countryside, one of the UK’s leading mixed-use property developers, has teamed up with Homes England, the government housing provision agency, to build up to 200 homes on the site of the former training center in police near Yew Tree Lane in Harrogate.

Planning permission has been granted, subject to completion of the S106 agreement, to Homes England to develop the site just outside Harrogate town center which will include much needed affordable housing.

Chris Penn, Managing Director of Countryside in Yorkshire, said: “Countryside is committed to regenerating areas and creating communities that people can be proud of. This site has been empty for a decade now and its redevelopment is long overdue.

“We are delighted to partner with Homes England on this inclusive residential development, which will create homes for people, no matter their circumstances.”

Countryside will now begin to prepare a Request for Reserved Questions to develop the detailed plan design. Elements of the old site will be retained, including the Lodge House, the Memorial Library and two other non-heritage buildings, which will be converted into 16 accommodations.

The program includes the development of an additional 184 new homes on the brownfield site, 30% of which will be “much-needed” affordable housing with a central park and playground.

Homes England has owned the land since 2019 and it is for housing in the local plan adopted by Harrogate Borough Council. The demolition of the college buildings, disused since 2011, is complete.

The campaign aims to create places where people “love to live”, with sustainable communities built to last. In March of this year, the company again received a five-star rating from the Federation of Home Builders in the latest homebuilding industry customer satisfaction survey.

With over 40 years of experience working with public and private sector partners, Countryside offers mixed-use developments including affordable housing, institutional private rental housing and private sale housing.

Operating across London, the North, the Midlands, the South West and the Home Counties, Countryside targets 60% of its developments on brownfields with a mix of public and private landowners. Countryside also said it is committed to increasing its use of modern construction methods, with a target of 50% of all homes to be built using its in-house manufacturing facilities by 2025.

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