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The owners of 3 Belgrave Terrace after not finding a buyer when the Belgrave plot went to auction with Hunters estate agency finally sell, but only after dropping the price to offers over £165,000. Shortly after the sale a women is seen wondering up and down the street looking for builders recommendations.

So despite all the objections as put forward by the residents of the neighbourhood, No 3 Belgrave Terrace after 150 years of standing proudly at the end of the street - has been carved up into smaller bite sized pieces. It’s once magnificent garden and ancient orchard is now no more. The apple trees that once produced the most succulent of cooking apples that we all used to ‘crop’ to turn into homemade apple pie are no longer standing - and have been chopped down to make way for a completely unecessary building site.


Why turn this part of Sowerby into a conservation area when there is clearly no conservation taking place. It would appear that views of the local parish council are at odds with that of national policy. That or simply a lack of policing when dealing with matters on conservation. For the residents on the both Mowbray and Belgrave all we can do now is to watch to see how the new owner of this garden plot is going to manage the project. The fight is far from over and our job is to make sure that both owner and builders adhere to the plans as agreed by Hambleton Planning department.


Sowerby, North Yorkshire

Sowerby is a suburb of Thirsk and is positioned in the northern half of North Yorkshire on the flood plains of Cod Beck. It sits on the A19 trunk road at the junction with the A61 to the west and Ripon. Northallerton lies 10 miles to the north along the A168 and York is 25 miles to the south east along the A19. Thirsk has a station on the main east coast railway line.

A Conservation Area is defined as an 'area of special architectural or historic interest the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve and enhance'. The purpose of a Conservation Area is to protect wider landscapes of quality and the local distinctiveness of areas valued for their visual characteristics and historic associations