Askham Bog saved as large development refused by Planning Committee

Plans for up to 516 homes to be built on land off Moor Lane in Woodthorpe have been scuppered as a Council Planning Committee refused the controversial planning application, removing the threat of development that has been hanging over the treasured Askham Bog nature reserve.


During the summer of 2018, developers announced plans to build on land adjacent to Askham Bog despite the fact that the land is earmarked as Green Belt in the emerging Local Plan. They organised a leaflet drop in the local area to promote their proposal, which generated anger from residents concerned about the potential impact on Askham Bog and on local infrastructure.

During the Planning Committee, concerns were raised by Liberal Democrat Councillors about the potential inappropriate development in the Green Belt and the development’s adverse impact on the bog.

Local Liberal Democrat Councillors for Dringhouses & Woodthorpe have campaigned to protect this unique site since the previous Labour Administration identified the land for development in their draft Local Plan.


Cllr Stephen Fenton, Liberal Democrat Ward Councillor for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe, commented:

“Thousands of residents have made their views clear on this application and our communities in Dringhouses & Woodthorpe have been clear in their opposition at every stage to this inappropriate development.”

“That is why I and my colleagues are delighted that this planning application has been refused by the Committee and that the proposed development no longer poses a threat to Askham Bog or our local infrastructure, and I know many local residents feel the same.”

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