Harrogate development could bring £454m boost, reports claim

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Harrogate development could bring £454m boost to local economy
Artists impression: Flaxby Park Central Square

A major new development in Harrogate could create almost 700 new employment opportunities and generate more than £454 million for the local economy.

According to reports, transforming a disused golf course at Flaxby into a new sustainable village community would herald major economic benefits over the next two decades.

Planning application for Flaxby Park was submitted this month and, as well as providing 2,750 homes and ample amenities, would also 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.

A detailed report, produced by 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, says: “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.

He added: “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.”