York & North Yorkshire

Plan for first Harrogate Tesco store given go-ahead

Former gas works in Harrogate
Image caption Objectors claim the site will cause traffic congestion

Plans by retail giant Tesco to build its first superstore in Harrogate have been approved by the town's council.

The proposed site is at a former gas works on the corner of the 159 Skipton Road and A61 Ripon Road.

Campaigners, who had raised concerns about traffic congestion and site safety, said they were hugely disappointed by the decision.

The council approved the application but it must still be referred to the government for final approval.

Tesco withdrew an application in 2007 after objections - but submitted the current one in 2009.

The initial objections were about traffic and impact on local businesses, but Tesco claims its revised plans are for a smaller and more eco-friendly store which would create 360 full and part-time jobs.

The plan was given the go-ahead at Harrogate Borough's planning committee with 11 councillors out of 13 voting in favour.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites