Find out more about road works as part of the West of Harrogate developments coming forward as part of Harrogate Borough Council’s Local Plan.
The adopted Harrogate District Local Plan allocates several sites on the western side of Harrogate for the delivery of new housing and employment provision, key services and facilities with associated transport, communications and green and blue infrastructure. These site allocations are strategically important in supporting the vision for planned growth set out in the Local Plan and will form a new urban extension on the western edge of the town.
These allocated sites will all be subject to planning applications being submitted and there can be no guarantee that planning consent will be forthcoming.
This page will inform residents of road works as planning applications for consented sites proceed into the construction stages.
In order to ensure the successful delivery of this significant urban extension, it is essential to ensure that developers and site promoters work collaboratively to ensure that a comprehensive, well thought out, sustainable and cohesive development is realised.
What is happening on Whinney Lane?
Stonebridge and Mulgrave developers have been granted planning permission to build 170 new homes locally, which require the construction of a roundabout (see diagram), site entrances, modifications to the existing road layout, with some road widening and installation/diversion of utilities as part of the schemes.
Why do we need the works?
As result of the works outlined above, certain enhancements are required to relieve congestion, improve road safety, enhance access to employment, facilitate active travel and connect services.
When will the work start and finish?
The full length of Whinney Lane will be subject to road works that started on the 27th July with an expected completion date of 28th February 2021, subject to favourable weather conditions. Every effort will be made to try and reduce this time frame and subsequent disruption to local residents and businesses.
How will access to Whinney Lane be managed?
Residential access will be managed and maintained with a temporary traffic management system from the roundabout, north of Whinney Lane, up until just after Castle Hill Drive to the south. Traffic management systems are required to ensure the safety of site workers and road users, but will be kept to a minimum.
A full road closure will be in place just after Castle Hill Drive, extending up to Syke House Farm. A full closure is necessary in both directions to minimise risks to the public and road crews and to allow certain works such as excavations, construction and works to the drainage system. Again, all works will be co-ordinated to minimise disruption as much as possible.
Emergency service and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times during the works via diversionary routes where necessary.
The Squinting Cat pub to the south of Whinney Lane is open as usual and can be accessed via the diversionary pedestrian/vehicular access routes highlighted here.
Temporary Pedestrian Access Route
Who is responsible?
Although this is not a County Council project, as the highways authority we have a duty to facilitate these works and we have been working closely with the developers and contractors to finalise the phasing of the Streetworks.
How will I be kept updated with the latest developments?
Further details on upcoming works on Whinney Lane will be provided via monthly letter drops by developers and routine updates on this web page.
Additionally, our roadworks map provides critical information about future and ongoing works taking place.
Proposed Developments and Streetworks Overview
What are the operating hours during construction?
Operating hours may vary depending on the imposed planning conditions, which can be viewed via Harrogate’s planning portal. Furthermore, a relaxation of the construction hours has been temporarily agreed until the end of September, in line with Government guidance: conditions apply with rights reserved (see link for details).
If I have further questions?
Over the past couple of months, work has focused on preparing the land and installing drainage infrastructure, with a number of major service also connected.
The next phase will see essential works starting on the formation of the roundabout and footpaths.
Tactile paving is due to be installed on Beckwith Road and Whinney Lane, along with BT service connections.
The Temporary Pedestrian Access Route
This will be open next week to connect the top and bottom of Whinney Lane.
Planned works within the Road Closure
- Road Planing:
Asphalt road planners are generally used to scratch and excavate a hard surface either on roads, court yards or other surfaces with asphalt layers.
This Can be a more effective method, to prevent a full excavation being necessary.
It is a very good way to excavate accurate depths of a surface area and leave a more level surface. The surface planing creates a more level and better finish when a surface layer is laid.
When Grading off a surface all the excavated asphalt is loaded straight onto the back of a lorry and removed from site. These material can then be recycled offsite, if of a suitable grade.
- Reduce and Dig Existing Footpath and Road.
- Drainage Works will be undertaking to allow surface water to managed during and after construction.