Freehold Residential Development Opportunity

Land known as 7 Acre, off Dishforth Road and New Road, Sharow, North Yorkshire HG4 5BS


Site Overview

The site is located at the Eastern end of the village of Sharow, approximately 1 mile North East of Ripon. It is centred around Grid Reference SE330718. Sharow is a sought after location, with a ‘Good’ (Ofsted 2016) primary school, cricket club, church and is within the catchment for Ripon Grammar School.

The land, a single field, extends to approximately 7 acres, it is laid out as pasture which is grazed from time to time. It slopes gently from North to South and East to West and is bounded by Dishforth Road in the North, New Road in the West, existing residential development to the South and open countryside to the East.

The site is currently draft allocated, SH1, within the latest plan. A pre-application meeting was undertaken in early 2016 and the response can be found in the ‘Documents and Downloads’ section of the website. Having carried out a substantial amount of work, notably on the ground, we have had a subsequent meeting with the planners (Mark Williams- 13.10.2017) who have reviewed the same and because of the shortfall in their housing numbers have said they would be happy to receive and consider an immediate planning application for the site.

HBC are happy with all the work we have carried out to date and have said the only thing that we would have to do in addition to this, is a heritage statement. The site, whilst not physically visible from any of the key view points, sits directly under a protected vista from the obelisk at the top of the Deer Park at Studley Royal to Ripon Cathedral and on to Blois Hall Farm to the East. The heritage statement would have to demonstrate that a new development on this site would not impact on this view. We are of the opinion that it does not. Mr Williams also mentioned that some archaeological work may also have to be looked at, but did not elaborate.

Regarding housing mix, Mr Williams indicated that if a case could be made to deviate from the aspirational HBC mix, it would be considered. He also said that if the HBC desired mix could be delivered on the affordable housing it would help to deviate from the same on the open market units.

In terms of the ground, the site sits at the Eastern edge of an area identified as gypsum bearing strata. We have undertaken a lengthy and costly Geophysical Survey and a supplementary Intrusive Ground Investigation, consulting the NHBC and the British Geological Survey along the way, who agree with our findings that gypsum is not a constraint to development on the site.

The scheme, identified as drawing SK03 (‘Documents and Downloads’ section), is the one Mr Williams has considered and has indicated he is broadly happy with. It shows a village green being created by diverting the course of New Road and an access to Stoney Close (the house sitting just outside the North East corner of the subject site). We believe that these are requirements of historic correspondence from the planners and have been retained through various iterations of the scheme. We would question whether a scheme without the same would find approval at HBC.


Tender Process

The land is for sale via informal tender. All tenders are to be received in writing at the following address by noon on Friday 19th January:

Unit 12, The Stables, Newby Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 5BY

We will accept electronic submissions provided the hard copy is in the post.

All tenders should be accompanied by a proposed layout and a completed bid pro-forma. The latter will be issued to parties on expression of their interest.

We will consider either Conditional or Unconditional proposals.



The site can be readily viewed from a number of points around the boundary. The best point is in the South East corner, off Back Lane, where easy access to the field can be obtained. The field quite often contains livestock, so please advise us in advance if you plan to walk over the land and we can inform the tenant farmer.



For further information please contact either:

Guy Titchmarsh
Tel: 0113 898 0745
Mob: 07946 510 343