March 2024

URGENT!! They are not giving up - act now!

Square Feet Ltd & Antela Developments Ltd have appealed to the Secretary of State to try to build on this beautiful area of land in the Crimple Valley (ref: APP/U2750/W/24/3339198)

They have tried & tried to make this happen and the NYC have refused. Please help stop this!

Email the local MP -

Tell the Inspectorate that you don't want this development. Make a Representation as Interested Party -

Write to the local media. Encourage others to do the same!
All comments need to be in by 4th April 2024.

April 2023

Almsford Bank plans submitted AGAIN

Dwellings at Almsford Bank plans submitted for FOURTH time!

If you have previously commented on this application, please reaffirm your objections to this development by commenting again. The developer seems determined to continuously submit until they get their own way. Because this is a new application all previous comments are disregarded.

Comment before the 7th May 2023* to help save the Special Landscape Area.

* Deadline seems to have been extended from 23rd April 2023.

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New Pannal business park rejected

Developments on the PN18 site have been rejected.

Cllr Tim Myatt, cabinet member for planning at the council said:

“The options presented, which aren’t viable without significant support, are not up to a standard design with which I can feel comfortable. There seems little hope to producing something to the quality that I believe the site needs. I will therefore propose that we do not progress with options for the site."

He also recommended that the employment site be removed from the local plan. The total office space allocated for the site was 10,000m sq alongside 31,500m sq of industrial space.

Please help stop more developments in the Crimple Valley

The latest application is for 17 dwellings to be accessed off Alsmford Bank. This site has already been turned down and applications withdrawn on a number of occasions - but the developers are persistent and will get their way if not stopped.

The development would be in the Harrogate Special Landscape Area (SLA) and against the local development plans. Furthermore it would have a significant negative impact on the environment of Crimple Valley. This includes impact on trees and vegetation, impact on wildlife, impact on the overall landscape of the area and impact on the setting of the viaduct. It also significantly reduces the gap between Pannal and Harrogate, removing the distinct nature of both areas.

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How to object to the new development


1. Object by email

The easiest way to object is by email. However you MUST include your full name and postal address or the comment will not be accepted. Please Quote Application Case Number: 23/01082/OUTMAJ.

Objections must be sent to . Please also consider adding as a CC so we can check the objections are listed.

Click here to object by email

2. Object by post

You can also submit your comments via email if you prefer or if have trouble with the website/email. However you MUST include your full name and postal address.

To make comments about this application you can write to:

North Yorkshire Council (Harrogate Area) Planning
PO Box 787

Deadline for comments
23rd April 2023

Please Quote Application Case Number:

3. Object via the Council Planning Portal

Using the Council Planning Portal

If you do not already have an account you need to register with the Public Access Planning Portal.

Open Planning Portal Registration Page

Follow the 7 steps in the images (right) to register with the planning portal. Click the images to view larger. Once the registration page is complete you need to login. Make sure you can remember your password.

If you do not recieve the confirmation email check your spam/junk folder. If you cannot find it do not hesitate to contact the Council at

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Where to comment

You must be logged into the site to comment. If you have trouble logging in do not hesitate to contact the Council at

We advise you draft your comment in Word or an email before posting your comment. You can then copy and paste your comment into the comment box on the application page. There is a limit of 6000 characters.

Open the planning application page by clicking the button below. Click the 'Make a comment' button. See images (right) to see the page, click to enlarge.

Direct link to the Planning Application

About Save Crimple Valley

The Crimple Valley is part of a special landscape area which rings the southern fringes of Harrogate in North Yorkshire. It takes its name from the Crimple Beck which, in turn, in the 1950's lent its name to an ICI fabric - 'Crimplene'

The Valley is spanned by a handsome Victorian railway viaduct, which is a listed monument and a focal point. The land is mainly agricultural and well served with attractive walks which allow many to enjoy this local beauty spot.

Proposals to introduce developments, such as a supermarket, into the valley led to the formation in the early 1990's of a Save Crimple Valley Campaign.

A proposal in the 1997 Local Plan to relocate the local Rugby Club in the centre of the valley with a massive stadium and car parking for over 700 vehicles produced many objections . This led to an increase in the membership to 650 of the Save Crimple Valley group.

The group was successful in convincing the Inspector at the Public Inquiry that it had no opposition either to rugby or to the Rugby Club but that the special landscape features of the area should be preserved.

The committee keeps an eye on the planning applications and the use of the land in the Valley- the golf clubs, the gardens centres and nurseries, the garages and showrooms, etc..

We work with Pannal Village Society and the Harrogate Civic Society on these consultations.