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Tesco wins planning for Harrogate superstore

Contractor due to be appointed later this year.

Supermarket giant Tesco has been granted planning permission for a new 45,000 sq ft superstore in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Harrogate Borough Council last night voted 10 to 3 in favour of the new store with one abstention, despite a vocal campaign from some local groups.

Tesco has pledged to regenerate the old Gas Board site in the New Park area of the city and expects to create 360 new jobs, 235 of which will be full time.

Councillors backed the plans after Tesco revised the size of the proposed store down by 25 per cent and incorporated a raft of energy efficiency measures.

The scheme includes 430 parking spaces, improvements to an existing bridge and the extension of a local footpath.

Tesco corporate affairs director Matt Magee said:  “We have worked with the local authority and residents to develop a great application for Harrogate. At our consultations, 70 per cent of respondents were in favour of our development.

“We have a successful track record of helping to regenerate neglected sites and this new Tesco supermarket will offer improved choice for local people, bringing our great range and affordable products into this area of Harrogate.”

The company is looking to act fast now that planing permission is in place.

A spokeswoman added: “There’s still a few points to tie-up, but Tesco would hope to be in a position to appoint a contractor and get on site at the end of this year, with the build process requiring some major infrastructure works and expected to take two years for the store to be open in time for Christmas 2013.”


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