Parliament Street in Harrogate is to benefit from a multi-million pound development, transforming the street into a modern retail facility.
The building owner, Lateral Property, have had empty retail units on the street for some time. The plans for the street have involved much consideration and spend to reach this stage and have not been put together lightly.
One of the highlights will be a Jamie’s Italian restaurant which will be a destination restaurant, bringing people from outside into the town.
The development is estimated to develop 150-200 jobs, with many of them to likely be in the 16-21 age band.
A number of the existing retail tenants will be moving within the town. MultiYork will be relocating to the previous Habitat building on Station Parade.
This regeneration and development is to be welcomed, whilst the street can not be described as run down, it is certainly a busy and highly visible street to the many who come to Harrogate for conferences and exhibitions.
Gregory Projects have also just received approval for the redevelopment of the Tower Street bowling alley into a Travelodge. The plans took over 12-months to receive approval, meaning lost business income to the building owner and another year of a run down building for the town. Harrogate needs to be more business friendly and accommodating to business developers as a further encouragement to investment in the town.
Formal plans will be submitted to Harrogate Council in the coming months, with work to start shortly after then.