New building plans trigger major changes in Harrogate

New building plans trigger major changes in Harrogate

Published at 7:00am 29th August 2017. (Updated at 8:56am 29th August 2017)

As the new Civic Centre in Harrogate nears completion, there are plans for more future developments.

The centre will see five office buildings and portacabins replaced by a modern, environmentally-efficient 'one-stop' customer-focused building.

It will hopefully bring in financial savings of around £1 million a year.

The new building should be in operation from the autumn.

Jake Berry, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, visited the centre last week and was also updated on proposals for the Station Gateway Project.

The scheme aims to provide business growth and retail opportunities, as well as high-quality transport links, including a modern rail interchange.

The transport element of the scheme has been given £1 million in Growth Deal funding from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership.

The Minister also heard about redevelopment plans for Harrogate Convention Centre.

If approved, following the development of a business case, it would become an 'event complex', possibly including accommodation, retail outlets and leisure facilities.

Jake Berry told Stray FM: "I've been hugely excited by the plans that both the County Council and Borough Council have to drive forward the economic prospects and lives of people.

"It's just really refreshing to come to a place where rather than saying when I arrive as a Government Minister what are you going to do for us, they start telling me what they are doing for the town and for the county where people live.

"It's about connecting all our towns and cities and villages across the North, so our economy can grow and the people that live here can become wealthier, have better jobs and live happier lifestyles enjoying our fantastic rural environment."