Tesco plans clear final hurdle


8:04am 25th November 2011
(Updated 8:36am 25th November 2011)

An application for a new Tesco store in Harrogate has cleared the final hurdle.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has said he won't be making any decision on the planning application - as he doesn't see a valid reason to.

That clears the way for building work to start on the site of an old gas works close to the corner of Ripon Road (A61) and Skipton Road (A59).

Already the application has been approved by planners and had health and safety concerns dismissed.

Harrogate is currently the only postcode area in the country without a major Tesco supermarket.

Many of you have been in touch welcoming the prospect of a new store in the town but others have raised concern about the impact on traffic and other traders.

You can share your toughts on our Facebook page.

Simon Cotton, President of the Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce, which represents businesses in the town, gave his reaction:


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