Harrogate development set to deliver major economic benefit to the district

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Transforming a disused golf course at Flaxby into a major new sustainable village community could support over 240 full time construction jobs, up to 659 new employment opportunities in the proposed new village centre and generate more than £453.8million for the local economy over the next 20 years.

The planning application for Flaxby Park was submitted this month and will be available to view on Harrogate Borough Council’s website once registered.  It includes 2,750 high quality homes, a retirement village, two primary schools, a GP surgery, sports facilities, a new village centre, as well as lots of open space.

There are also provisions to improve access at the entrance of the site, which already offers easy access to junction 47 of the A1(M).  In addition, the former Goldsborough Railway Station would be reopened, offering direct links to Leeds and York.

Flaxby Park Central Square
Flaxby Park Central Square

A detailed report, produced by leading real estate advisor GVA, highlights the economic benefits of the development, including how existing businesses in Knaresborough, as well as those at St James Retail Park, would benefit from increased footfall.

The development would extend the ‘Location for Major Employment Growth’ and significantly enhance the attractiveness and viability of Flaxby Green Park, which secured planning permission earlier this year.  The eco-friendly business park could support 2,840 jobs and would be within easy walking distance of neighbouring Flaxby Park.

Flaxby Park’s 430-acres were acquired in 2016 by Flaxby Park Ltd which is owned by internationally renowned businesswoman and philanthropist Ann Gloag OBE and regeneration experts Chris Musgrave and Trevor Cartner.

Chris Musgrave, of Flaxby Park Ltd, said:

As well as creating a standout development to live in, that maximises its parkland setting, a key feature of Flaxby Park has always been about the vast economic benefits it will create.  These will include supporting more than 240 full time construction jobs, during the phased 20-year development plan, as part of a substantial investment that is estimated to exceed £400 million.

A key principle of our plan has focussed on transport and Flaxby Park will certainly be a very convenient place to live for anyone working at Flaxby Green Park, as well as complementing the business park’s innovative credentials.  Our design will also see the reopening of the former Goldsborough Station, alongside a new park and ride scheme, which will greatly enhance public transport provision in the area.

We’re delighted to have submitted our planning application, which incorporates lots of positive feedback from local people and stakeholders, and follows more than a year of discussions with Harrogate Borough Council.  The result is a truly exceptional development, in a stunning country park setting, that would bring major economic benefits to the surrounding area for decades to come.  It’s the right development in the right place and we are certainly ready to deliver.

Flaxby Park has been designed by a team of leading consultants, including local, respected architects, Wildblood Macdonald.  A period of statutory consultation managed by Harrogate Borough Council will now commence, inviting local people and organisations another chance to share their opinions.

See www.flaxbypark.com or https://harrogate.gov.uk/


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  1. Don’t let these people ruin your nice area. They are trying to do the same (but worse!) at Manston Airport in Kent. Local people will be excluded from decision making because they don’t think YOU matter! Don’t fall for the leafy images and lack of detail!

  2. The people of Harrogate have to wake up. Look into the company and see their failures. They rather like Carillon are a name only. Plots will be sold off to developers who will not have to stick to their fancy pictures. 10,000 people have opposed their plans in Thanet (Broadstairs, Margate, Ramsgate.)

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