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Sitting in the council chambers listening to the councillors discuss the merits as to why the owners of 3 Belgrave Terrace should be awarded planning permissions to turn their garden into a building site I distinctly remember Councillor Peter Barden putting forward the argument that because the existing gardens were not being maintained, the creation of two houses would be in the best interest of the neighbourhood.

Six months on and the residents of Belgrave Terrace are still having to look out onto a building site with little or no evidence of any building work. No garden, no trees, no iron railing fences & no sight of any builders. Can this really be a better alternative to the historic garden ?


If you, like the rest of the neighbourhood , you are starting to loose patience with the way in which this whole development is being handled please can you email : [email protected] & [email protected]


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