Council’s support for Morrisons plans

Plans for a major development supermarket in Ripon have been given the go-ahead.

Harrogate Borough Council’s Planning Committee has met and councillors have thrown their support behind proposals that will see a new superstore built on the southern edge of the city, along with a 60 bed hotel, a new DIY store and garden centre in the current Morrisons shop, and business units.

The committee voted unanimously that they are “minded not to refuse” the supermarket’s application.

The proposals will now go to the Secretary of State who will decide whether or not to call it in to be considered by a public inquiry.

Judith Donovan, chairman of Ripon development group GRIP, spoke in favour of the plans.

She said the city desperately needs the new hotel; a bigger Morrisons’ store to help draw shoppers to Ripon rather than the new Tesco store in northern Harrogate, and the business units to boost the city’s economy.

Coun Stuart Martin, who represents Ripon Minster ward, also spoke out at the meeting.

The council needs to make sure the hotel development goes ahead, he said.

• Full report in this week’s Ripon Gazette, out Friday, May 25.