Road safety

Ryedale tourism proposal raises road safety concerns

A plan to create a major leisure complex comprising a spa, 47 lodges and a restaurant on a site currently comprising a shepherd’s hut, two wooden buildings and two safari tents has raised road safety concerns nearby of a school.

Residents of Nawton, near Helmsley, have expressed fears that proposals from Luxury in York Ltd will see a large increase in lane outside the Canadian Fields site, resulting in a significant impact on their quality of life as well as on pedestrian safety.

Concerns were raised after the company bought the site and lodged plans with Ryedale District Council to develop it, years after several plans to create tourist facilities were approved by the authority.

In addition to building holiday lodges, the proposal seeks permission to develop a spa, using existing buildings and introducing new structures.

The proposed spa development would include a 200 square meter bar and restaurant, featuring two quadrosphere domes, four thermal cabins, a

100 square meter yoga and relaxation building, three treatment rooms alongside other structures.

The application reads: “The Canadian Fields site has been recently acquired by the applicant who wishes to realize the full potential of the existing licensed development to provide a welcoming and high quality tourist accommodation destination.”

However, in response to the plans, Beadlam Parish Council said the extra traffic along Gale Lane was going to be a problem as the road is narrow and busy and after North Yorkshire County Council approved a plan aiming to create all-weather sports fields a few meters away. at Ryedale School.

A parish council spokesperson said: ‘This will only intensify with Ryedale School’s recent planning approval for all-weather pitches for use outside school hours.’

Residents have also written to the planning authority opposing Luxury in York Ltd’s proposals, pointing out that due to its location and lack of public transport links, every visitor traveling to and from the proposed development would use personal vehicles.

One resident wrote: “This road is too narrow to accommodate the already large amount of heavy rural traffic and buses. The road surface is in very poor condition with many potholes, the drains are unable to cope with the amount of water channeled onto the road from the A170 resulting in the pavements being under water water, and sidewalks are eroded and offer little or no protection to pedestrians.

“There will inevitably be an increase in traffic volume following the completion of the planned artificial football pitches at Ryedale School and any further increase caused by this development project will have a significant impact on the quality of life and safety of residents. and Gale pedestrians. Way.”

Despite these concerns, when asked about the project, County Council Roads Officers did not raise concerns about major safety issues, but recommended that parking and turning areas for all Canadian Fields users be completed before the site opens.