Latest News from Save Crimple Valley

Bridleway Closure

Rudding Estates have proceeded with their plan to have a bridleway along the old dismantled railway line in the Crimple Valley. The new bridleway has been created, though this is not widely known. A legal dispute appears to have arisen between Rudding Estates and the adjacent owners of the Fulwith Mill Farm lands and as a consequence of that dispute NYCC is now asking for a formal closing of the recently created bridleway.

Full detail here


New Threat To Crimple Valley: 65 Dwellings At Almscliffe Bank

Save Crimple Valley Group will be opposing the application to build 65 dwellings at Almsford Bank to the east of Leeds Road before the deadline of 13th April 2018.

The Group hopes that you will also submit an objection. We have updated our website with detail of how to object and the main arguments which you may wish to use. 


Local Plan Consultation Deadline - 9th March 2018

The consultation period for the Local Plan ends on 9th March 2018 at 4:30pm. This is the last opportunity to remove the Crimple Valley from the Local Plan. 


Crimple Valley Hydrology & CPRE Setup to fail reports

Crimple Valley Hydrology Report and  the CPRE Set up to fail report


Meeting Saturday 29th July at 9.45am at the Wesley Chapel in Harrogate

Harrogate Borough Council are holding their information event at the Wesley Chapel in Harrogate town centre on Saturday 29th July at 9.45am (Opposite McDonalds). Please go along and let the planners know your feelings regarding the proposed housing and employment development in Pannal.


Dates for the HBC Consultation meetings

* Gracious Street Methodist Hall, Knaresborough, Wednesday 26 July, 2-7pm
* Boroughbridge Library, Thursday 27 July, 2-7pm
* Wesley Centre, Harrogate, Saturday 29 July, 10am-2pm


A call to meeting to discuss Local Plan Ammendments.

Spring Lane Action Group - A call to meeting to discuss Local Plan Ammendments. 
Pannal and Burn Bridge Parish Council - 7pm at the Pannal Methodist Church.


Meeting at Ashville College Auditorium

The HBC Local Plan consultation will commence on 14th July. There will be a South and West of Harrogate Joint Forum at Ashville College Auditorium on Tuesday, 20th June at 7pm.


General Meeting - 1st November 2016

Questions raised at the Save Crimple Valley meeting on 1st November 2016:

  • Why so many groups seem to be involved? How was liaison being arranged? (see this week's Advertiser)
  • Whether the 2008 'Policy' on 40% affordable housing was factored into the current draft proposals for rural sites?
  • What is the difference between gypsies and travellers? Why not plan to put Gypsy sites on traditional Gypsy routes?
  • What is the real significance of the Plan`s inclusion of Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment [SHELAA] sites?
  • The relevance of the expansion of businesses in The Valley?
  • Whether the purchase of the some of the Valley land in 1952 contained anything that might amount to a binding restraint on the Council now allocating that land for development?
  • How to persuade the planners to listen to the local community?

Pannal Conservatives Hold Draft Plan Open Meeting

The Hall was full, with many standing at the back as well. Cllr John Mann gave his apologies for not coming but County Cllr Cliff Trotter was there and spoke in the latter part of the Meeting. A number of the Parish Councillors were present including the Chairman, Howard West.

It was stressed that we all must register with the Council and write an individual letter or email in response to the Plan which comes out on Nov 11th. You can register now. All letters or email must be sent in by 23rd December 2016.

The website will provide building blocks that can be used to write to the Council in response to the Plan. The outlines for your response are already there on the website and will be expanded.

Links to the Council documents are on the website. Do register and respond to the Plan

Pannal Hall meeting, 25th October 2016Pannal Hall meeting, 25th October 2016


Emergency General Meeting

Tuesday November 1st 2016 - Pannal Village Hall, HG3 1JG - 8pm

Plans for housing and economic development for the next 20 years have been published by Harrogate Borough Council. A PDF copy of the document relevant to Crimple Valley can be downloaded here.

The plans include threats to valley, much of which is either Special Landscape Area or Green Belt. For the past two decades this Group has sought to protect the valley and to mitigate the effects of adverse development.

If we are to face the challenges of the future the Group will need new blood as well as younger members and to seek to achieve these we will hold an Emergency General Meeting at 8pm on Tuesday November 1st in Pannal Village Hall near the railway station. It would help if you could let us know you are coming by emailing but please feel free to turn up on the day.

The meeting will be open to all - we look forward to seeing you!


April 2017 Update

After a quiet spell several issues affecting the valley have surfaced and, by coincidence, all of them affect the middle part of the valley in the Leeds Road area and all of them seek to emphasise their impact on the valley rather than blending into the valley.

Firstly the garden centres on Leeds Road have been combined and have announced development proposals which will have a material effect on the Special Landscape Area. The first planning application, which was for imposing access, walling, lighting and car parking, was withdrawn and is expected to be resubmitted. A Change of Use planning application, to permit a restaurant at the former Brookside Nursery has been submitted and is now under consideration.

Secondly the Mercedes-Benz garage on Leeds Road is seeking to extend its site by 25 metres to the north, to rebuild the workshop and provide an additional 129 parking spaces

Thirdly the formal examination of the new Local Plan has been announced and in the next 2 months the appointed inspector will be reviewing the soundness of proposed sites and policies. One of the proposed sites, known as HS 6(a), is to designate the land opposite the Mercedes-Benz garage as a district sport centre. Such a proposal raises several issues including

  • A: the soundness of the site selection having regard to other policies
  • B: the alternative availability of the sports facilities adjacent to the Dunlopillo site and the former police training college
  • C: the size and impact of the proposed HS6(a) site which is proposed to extend beyond the Crimple Beck

If you have any views on the above issues or if you would like further information please contact the Chairman or Secretary.


Save Crimple Valley Needs Your Help

Save Crimple Valley Group needs help dealing with preparing responses to planning matters. If you feel some commitment towards the Valley and would like to help please contact us.