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Thirsk and Sowerby Expansion - Rural Community Erosion or Sensitive Sustainable Settlement

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 at 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Rural Arts Centre, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 1QS
RTPI Yorkshire

Following on from the 2015 programme where local authorities showcased their planning achievements in selected towns and cities, in this year's RTPI Yorkshire low cost seminar programme we will be working with planning consultancies and local authorities in some of the smaller towns within Yorkshire. We will assess what has happened to the place over the last 50 years, what has worked there, whilst also looking forward to the future.

Our seminar in Thirsk and is sponsored by Arcus Consultancy Services Ltd. Booking for this event is now closed.


ThirskTraditional market town Thirsk and leafy village Sowerby are set in the North Yorkshire countryside and are defined by Hambleton’s Core Strategy as ‘an area of development opportunity based on its accessibility, scale of existing facilities and relative lack of development constraints.’ However, the approval in 2012 of 925 dwellings, a neighbourhood centre and a sports village on the 56 ha site known as “Sowerby Gateway” (now under construction) has the potential to irreversibly alter the setting and function of both town and village.  To what extent can sustainable expansion be achieved without compromising town and village character?