Last chance for village green bid

The land off Highfield Road which is the subject of a village green application.
The land off Highfield Road which is the subject of a village green application.

D-DAY is looming for residents in the Castle Park area of Whitby who will soon learn if a piece of land used for recreation near their homes will be safeguarded from development.

A North Yorkshire County Council committee will have the final say on whether the field at Highfield Road will be granted village green status next Friday at Sneaton Castle.

The meeting comes after a bid by families was recommended for refusal at a public inquiry held last year in the town.

The village green application was submitted back in 2009 by local resident Sue Grimoldby and residents have been fighting ever since to protect the land.

After the application was submitted in May 2010, Annington Developments who owned the land and had planning permission to build 41 houses, 10 of which were affordable, made the decision to auction the land with no reserve.

A small development company established in 2009, known as Yorkshire County Homes Ltd, bid for the land against residents and won.

It then instructed solicitors who filed an objection against the application in June 2010 – around 14 months after the village green application was submitted.

Resident Joanne Wood told the Whitby Gazette she was disappointed at the result of the public inquiry.

“I feel disappointed but I will fight all the way,” she said.

A final decision on the application will be made at the meeting of the council’s Planning and Regulatory Functions Sub-Committee next Friday starting at 10am.

The meeting is open to the public and all residents, old and new in the Castle Park area in support of the application are being urged to attend.

Anyone who would like to speak at the meeting is asked to call Joanne on 601704 before Monday.