Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News

Major developments set for debate at Chamber meeting

29 May 2018 by Vicky Carr

Representatives of four major business and housing developments in the Harrogate district will present their cases at the same meeting for the first time in June.

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Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce has organised the meeting in advance of any of the sites being included in Harrogate Borough Council's Local Plan, or being awarded planning permission.

Brian Dunsby, who has co-ordinated the meeting for Harrogate Chamber, said: "This will be the first time that all four developers have been in the same room to present their proposals and answer questions from the audience.

"The aim is to inform the local business community of significant plans for more accessible premises for growing businesses and for more affordable housing for their employees on the east side of Harrogate."

The meeting takes place on Monday 11th June and will be open to any businesses in the Harrogate district interested in hearing more about the plans.

Chamber chief executive Sandra Doherty added: "The need for more housing in the Harrogate district is unquestionable – but the scale, location and type of housing are still very much up for debate.

"Affordable housing would make a significant difference to many local businesses who struggle to attract quality applicants for lower-paid roles. We also need to create more business accommodation, not just for our local firms to grow into but also to attract investment from larger national and international brands."

The developmens and speakers will be:

Flaxby Green Park – Delivery of Harrogate’s Flagship Gateway Business Park with Rupert Visick, Managing Director, Gent Visick Property LLP, Leeds

Flaxby Park Ltd – a new settlement on the former Flaxby Golf Course with Matt Johnson, Director, Flaxby Park Ltd, and Michael Wildblood, Consultant, Wildblood Macdonald, Wetherby

Maltkiln Village – a new settlement centred around Cattal railway station with Chris Procter & Ian Laight, promoted by Oakgate, part of the Caddick Group

Hammerton – The original preferred option with Steve McBurney, Head of Planning (North), CEG, Kirkstall Forge, Leeds


The open meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kings Road, Harrogate, on Monday, June 11. Networking begins at 5.30pm, with the discussion starting at 6.15pm. For more information, visit www.harrogatechamber.co.uk.

Attendance is free for members and first-time visitors, but places need to be booked in advance on the website or by emailing info@harrogatechamber.co.uk. Repeat visitors can attend for £15 per person.