Opposition against housing plans grows

A group of Sherburn in Elmet residents have come together to plan a protest against further housing developments in the village.

Their frustration comes from the news that another 330 housing developments are planning on being built in Sherburn. The plan is to build 270 new houses on the land off of Hodgsons Lane, Selby District Council has appealed against the idea by refusing planning permission – but developers have appealed against this decision. While plans to build a further 60 houses on the land off Pinfold Garth have recently been resubmitted.

Developers say that the houses planning on being built on Hodgsons Lane will provide “much needed, affordable housing”, but residents of Sherburn are arguing that the village cannot cope with another population increase.

Citing lack of infrastructure, including schools, banks, doctors etc. villagers claim that Sherburn is already stretched to capacity, and already has enough housing developments. Emma Brighton-Woodward, who is spearheading the protest says that it is vital that the villagers stand up and voice their concerns. She says that “Selby Council have messed up with their housing strategy and this is why these applications are still ongoing after they were refused – as residents, we do not feel like any of our opinions matter at all.” Emma is appealing for more people to join the group against more housing. The group is planning to protest in the Spring, by which time they hope they have gain support from other residents.