Mulberry Homes (Yorkshire) Limited, Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes have been granted Plannnig Consent to develop the site known as North Northallerton, located to the North of the Thurston Road Industrial Estate, East of Darlington Road and West of Stokesley Road, Northallerton, which is a Principal Service Centre in the district of Hambleton that is served by road, rail and bus routes. The site comprises some 53 hectares of land to the North of Northallerton and is framed by Stokesley Road to the East, Darlington Road to the West and the Thurston Road Industrial Estate to the South. The railway line linking Northallerton to Middlesbrough and the North East runs in a North/North East and South/South West direction.
The consented development comprises up to 900 houses of which 291 have been granted detailed consent to form the first phase of development. A proportion of the housing will be affordable with land to the South of the new link road being proposed in part for commercial and retail development. To the East of the railway line and to the West of Northallerton Road is the proposed Halfway Park Sports Village comprising sports pitches and allotments. Land for a new Primary School will be provided west of the railway. The Scheme is to be developed over the plan period of the Local Development Framework, spread over 15 years. This allows for an integrated and sustainable approach to the strategic expansion of Northallerton.
The allocated site is led by a Developer Consortium comprised of Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon and Mulberry Homes. Phase 1 will be split into 2 areas developed by Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes.
Taylor Wimpey Phase One
The first phase of development at the eastern extent of the application site comprises 141 residential dwellings by Taylor Wimpey. The scheme will incorporate an element of affordable housing as well as bungalows. Access will be off the new roundabout on Stokesley Road. The scheme provides for attractive frontages to Stokesley Road and uses the existing watercourse which runs through the site as a principal feature with crossing points to allow connectivity around the site and beyond. The scheme incorporates various different house types including 2, 3 and 4 bedroom dwellings and therefore provides a wide choice for potential purchasers.
The components used to design the dwellings readily create interesting street scenes and include varying eaves and ridge heights, subtle variation in detail and a simple palette of natural materials.
Persimmon Phase One
The first phase of development at the Western extent of the application site comprises 150 residential dwellings by Persimmon Homes. Access will be off a new roundabout on Darlington Road.
Leisure and Recreation
Land to the South of the link road and to the East of the railway line and West of Northallerton Road is to be used for community uses. These include community gardens (allotments) and large and small playing pitches for multi games usage.
Sustainable Urban Drainage (SUDs)
A drainage strategy has been designed for the proposed development to avoid impacts on surrounding areas. During large storms, excess surface water run off will be collected and temporarily stored in shallow-sided, grassed ‘retention basins’, from which water will be slowly released over a period of 24 hours.
The site is located in a highly sustainable location and is to be developed over a 15 to 20 year period in an integrated and sustainable way.
Access to the site will be from new roundabouts off Darlington Road and Stokesley Road at the Western and Eastern extents of the site with a provision of a new bridge crossing over the railway line. The site affords good access to local schools and shops and will provide new neighbourhood facilities directly adjacent to the new homes and businesses. Northallerton Road will become a through route for pedestrians and cyclists only, with access south from the Strategic Link Road closed off to vehicles.
The development will be set within a network of linear greenways which will provide for the immediate informal recreational needs of new residents, complimenting the proposed new leisure and open space areas forming part of the Halfway Park Sports Village.
This will also contribute to improving bio diversity opportunities. Footpaths and cycle ways through the green spaces will provide links to the established recreational routes close to the site, as well as convenient connections to the new neighbourhood facility, local schools and Northallerton Town Centre. Play areas, some containing play equipment, will be provided throughout the site as part of the residential development.
Link Road and Bridge
A key element of this development is the proposed strategic link road between the A167 Darlington Road and A684 Stokesley Road which will include a bridge crossing the Northallerton to Middlesbrough railway line.
The strategic link road has been designed in accordance with the Department of Transport’s Design Manual for Roads and Bridges to accommodate all traffic and provide an attractive east-west route particularly for HGVs which currently have to travel to the town centre or use Friarage Street to travel between the A167 and A684 east of Northallerton.
It will have a 30 miles per hour design speed and will ensure it is an attractive route for commercial and other vehicles wishing to avoid Low Gates level crossing and the town centre. The bridge will span both the railway and the beck and has been designed to enable the future electrification of the rail line.