Estate plans revealed

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Pickering is in line for another big housing estate, a major developer has told the town council.

Persimmon has started a consultation exercise on draft proposals to build 50 homes on land off Firthlands Road.

Town Clerk, Andrew Husband, said they would be a mix of two, three and four bedroom properties, with areas of open space and landscaping.

But councillors had concerns about the impact the scheme would have on the town’s amenities, especially its primary schools, while Cllr Brian Baker feared Firthlands Road would become “a rat-run” with the increasing number of cars in the area.

Cllr Sue Cowan said people already had long waits for a medical appointment at the local surgery and the situation, she feared, would be aggravated by more residents in the town.

And Cllr Stephen Jenson said he was concerned about vehicle access onto Firthlands Road and Manor Drive. He added that families were already having to go onto waiting lists to use the swimming pool in the town.

The council has also highlighted the need for equipment on the newly created play area, which currently has only goalposts, and is to ask Persimmon if the company will provide it.

The council is to pass on its views to Persimmon whose detailed plans are expected to be produced in the near future for the scheme which will eventually be decided by Ryedale District Council.

l A scheme to install 160 40kw ground mounted solar panels to generate electricity for the Cedar Barn Farm Shop and Cafe has been recommended for approval by Pickering Town Council. The scheme is now due before Ryedale District Council.

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