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Garden village mooted for abandoned Yorkshire golf course

Published: Thursday, 5th May 2016

New owners plan to develop a sustainable community with “over 1,000” new homes…

Proposals to transform an abandoned golf course in North Yorkshire into a new ’garden village’ have been unveiled.

Developer Flaxby Park Ltd has reached agreement to purchase the site of the former Flaxby Golf Course near Harrogate adjacent to the A1 (M)/A59 previously owned by Skelwith Leisure. The latter company went into liquidation in 2015 after first proposing a luxury hotel and golfing resort at the location and subsequently a new settlement of over 2,200 new homes.

The new owners said the number of homes planned for the 112 hectare site has not been finalised but would be “over 1,000”, less than the earlier 2,200 dwelling project which never climbed off the drawing board.

The company explained that it wanted to develop a sustainable community complete with school, health centre and shops, within a landscape featuring parkland, cycle and footpaths, water features and retained woodland. Housing provision would be a mix of affordable and starter homes, family dwellings, high value executive homes and self-build plots.

Flaxby Park Ltd is a company set up by businesswoman Ann Gloag, co-founder of transport giant Stagecoach and regeneration experts Chris Musgrave and Trevor Cartner.

The trio are also behind plans to create a similar sustainable settlement, Stone Hill Park, on the site of the former Manston airport in Kent

Consultancy Bilfinger GVA will be preparing a master-plan for the scheme and the developers are hoping that Harrogate Borough Council will include the garden village as part the development strategy for the borough council’s emerging district plan which is due to go out for public consultation later this year.

Roger Milne