A view on the proposed Gladman development

Some residents of Kirkbymoorside are furious that a new Planning meeting has been rushed through with little notice, concerning Gladman’s proposed 225 dwellings beyond West Pasture. Residents were given only ’til 7th January to comment, yet RDC posted letters to them as late as 15th December – when most were thinking of Christmas and holidays.

Kirkbymoorside Town Council are allowed an extension of time to consider their response as the affair came to notice too late to be included in their December agenda.

gladman development plan Kirkbymoorside

View plans and register to make your comment – note Sunday deadline. You will then be able to view other comments.

We may be forgiven for sounding cynical about all this, knowing the history of the entire Gladman application, which is now coming to the ‘Reserved Matters’ stage, and on which final decisions are now to be made about the layout and access of the site. So far over 20 objectors have made their opinions known; their comments are visible with difficulty via the RDC Planning website.

Comparison is unavoidable with the ‘Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, in which plans for demolition of Arthur Dent’s bungalow were available in a locked filing cabinet in the basement of the Council office for three weeks.

If final approval of ‘Reserved Matters’ is given by Ryedale the bulldozers could be on the fields in two years – assuming a builder finds the prospect viable. However Russell’s Yard and Waind’s Field are on hold, and with construction phased at 30 houses a year, and infrastructure to install, progress may be slow….. or it could stall and be an eyesore on Kirkbymoorside’s doorstep for years…. the Gateway to the Moors!

The Government seems to be trying to pour concrete over our productive farmland as soon as possible, no matter where – yet at the same time the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove is extolling the virtues of good environmental farming practice, carbon capture and animal husbandry.

Brian Hewitt



6 Responses to A view on the proposed Gladman development

  1. Martin Watts January 6, 2018 at 3:46 pm #

    “So far over 20 objectors have made their opinions known; their comments are visible with difficulty via the RDC Planning website”. You must have had better luck than me then – I can view the names of objectors, but cannot find a way of viewing their comments

  2. admin January 8, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

    It’s not obvious at all how to do this but you need to register and then click on ‘documents’ where you can see them listed by the day they were posted.

  3. chris January 9, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

    We should not be surprised about this. In his report the planning inspector gave Gladman a time limit of December 2017 for submitting an application on the ‘reserved matters’ so Gladman put in the application just in time to maintain their outline planning permission. The application does nothing to address the access issues which were highlighted by the inspector (Gladman asked him to remove them from the consideration) so my reading of this current application is that it is simply a holding strategy to maintain the outline permission without having to spend too much extra time and money. The logical outcome is that they are asked to resubmit clearer proposals for the access, which of course will take more time, and so the saga continues.
    A few months ago this whole site was being offered for sale as ‘all reasonable offers considered for all or part of the site’ (I think it was through Cundalls) so Gladman obviously don’t have developers lining up to buy it and as others have said, there are 2 other sites available closer to the town that developers don’t want so I can’t see anyone with any business sense wanting to put money into this.
    The bottom line is that developers do not see any prospect of making money building new housing estates in Kirkby. In fact Trilandium walked away from the Wainds Field site despite having already spent £100,000 to buy the option to develop and the cost of initial road and drain works, it seems they felt it was better to just cut their losses. The offshore fund which owns that land has tried to sell it to other developers but it is still there looking increasingly derelict. Sadly I can see the same fate for the Gladman site. I don’t know what sort of contract the landowners signed when the gave Gladman the option on their land but I suspect we, and they, might be stuck in this limbo for a very long time.

    • Albert January 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm #

      Yes but that puts all the small and medium builders in ryedale without sites because these sites in kirkbymoorside are locking up the 5 year supply which will have a massive effect on the local economy in time.

  4. brian H January 14, 2018 at 8:26 pm #

    Stop Press!

    Ryedale District Council have granted residents another 21 days in which to voice opinion – seems they were at least stung by the numerous criticisms of the cynical timing of the comments notice…..

    Forty-two objections thus far, but more would be useful to give weight to Kirkby Town Council’s own reaction….

  5. Mike January 15, 2018 at 10:49 am #

    Get to view planning applications at https://www.ryedale.gov.uk/planning/planning-applications/view-or-comment-on-a-planning-application.html

    Press the NEXT button and enter 17/01449/MREM where it asks for keyword,reference no and press SEARCH

    Select the Documents tab and then click on view associated documents
    The newest documents are added to the top of the list on page 1. These are mostly objectors comments. The applicants documents are the oldest ones starting now on page 2.

    New site notices now state that there are 21 days to object from 10th January

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