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Ripon development gets green light with Compulsory Purchase Order

[Monday 22 January 2007]

PLANS to redevelop an area off the centre of Ripon have received a significant boost with the announcement that the Government has approved a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO).

This development is of prime importance to the City of Ripon

Mike Gardner - Borough Council Leader

As part of Harrogate Borough Council's support for the re-development of West of the Market Place, the authority took the significant step in August 2005 of agreeing that it would request the Secretary of State to approve a CPO to avoid any delay in the long-awaited re-development.

Work on the £15m scheme to create a new supermarket and four shop units, as well as 21 apartments and a 180 space car park, is now set to start in May this year.

The development will be linked to the city centre by walkways onto the Market Place West and Fishergate. It will be linked to the road network by a new section of road from Blossomgate and Coltsgate Hill. The new road will cost £950,000 and will be funded by £800, 000 from North Yorkshire County Council; £100, 000 from Harrogate Borough Council and £50, 000 from Ripon City Partnership.

Speaking after hearing that the CPO had been confirmed, Borough Council Leader, Mike Gardner, said: "This development is of prime importance to the City of Ripon and therefore to Harrogate Borough Council. Although we do not lightly seek compulsory purchase powers, we felt that we must lend this development every support we could.

"Many of the landowners have already entered into agreement with the developers, Maple Grove Developments, but by having the necessary powers in place means we are ready should they be needed and this will help limit any further delay on progressing with this whole scheme. In fact for the first time this now allows them to set a firm start date."

Neil Ward, Director of Maple Grove Developments, with responsibility for the project commented: "While there is still much to do in actually delivering the proposed scheme, the decision to confirm compulsory purchase powers, added to the planning consent already obtained, means that we can plan for a start on site in about May of this year.

Throughout our involvement with the site, we have benefited from the overwhelming support of the public and all interested parties for the re-development which we have been regularly reminded is perhaps the last key site in Ripon in need of re-development."

Your views:

  • I think this could be a great development. Ripon currently does not pull enough people in to the city centre to shop, especially with Morrisons now being out of town. This could be a great opportunity. I welcome the development of Coltsgate Hill to Blossomgate, Coltsgate Hill has long needed this.

    Anonymnous - Details supplied

  • I think Ripon will find it hard to support another superstore (from my experience the proposed store is not one of the cheapest) & the new shops will take some filling as we seem to have quite a few empty shops already. Will the new homes on the site be affordable to young first time buyers?

    P. S. - Ripon

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