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'For sale' boards to go up on Harrogate Tesco site

'For sale' boards to go up on Harrogate Tesco site

Published at 11:24am 21st October 2016. (Updated at 2:30pm 21st October 2016)

'For sale' boards will be put up on Tesco's site in Harrogate either today or tomorrow. 

After years of uncertainty, the supermarket giant announced earlier this week that it had finally shelved the project on land at New Park.

Bosses made it clear they were looking to sell the site, saying it was their "priority" that the site is sold "so it can play a positive part in Harrogate's future development".

Since Tesco's announcement, there has been speculation about what should happen to the land, with affordable housing one of the options now being suggested.

Speaking earlier this week, Brain Dunsby, from The Tesco Objectors Group, said: "Now we need to consider and lobby for what Harrogate really needs at New Park - such as an extension to Ripon Way Business Park creating local employment and space for growing businesses, affordable housing at the northern end nearer the Skipton Road, plus a park and ride site and coach parking on the upper level nearest to the Ripon Road.

"The shortage of development land near the town centre makes it imperative that the New Park site is developed on a multi-purpose basis for small businesses and affordable housing for local employees in order to meet the needs of the local economy. It should not be used for any other superstore or for upmarket housing.  

"The higher level land along the Ripon Road would be ideal for a park and ride site taking advantage of the frequent 36 buses along the Ripon Road. Hopefully there should also be some space for a coach park for the many groups of visitors to Harrogate all the year round, who are such a vital part of the local economy."

Campaigner Bob Jones added: "The council should be proactive in delivering both planning permission to the site and in lobbying for central government financial support to clean up the site."