Ripon plans for life after the barracks

The study will help to form plans for Ripon's development.
The study will help to form plans for Ripon's development.

A study will be commissioned to identify how Ripon can fulfil its economic potential ahead of the closure of Claro Barracks in 2017.

The findings of the study will be used to complement the current community consultation helping to shape the Ripon City Plan, also known as the Neighbourhood Plan .

Coun Alan Skidmore, who is leading the response on behalf of Ripon City Council and Harrogate Borough Council, said: “It is important we fully understand the impact the closure will have on the local economy to enable us to respond in the right way.

“Though what is clear is that the solutions are not just about redevelopment of the barracks site but how we ensure that the whole city develops to realise its potential.”

Funding for the study has been secured from Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council, and will be supported by the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership and Ripon City Council’s Development Initiative.

The current City Plan consultation is seeking the views of residents, visitors and those working in Ripon, who have been invited to submit comments about the future development of the city and the redevelopment of the Claro Barracks site.

Coun Skidmore said: “This study will help us to look at some of the suggestions that people have made, learn from what other historic cities are doing and ensure that we have a strategy and plan that we can implement between now and 2017 to take the city forward and minimise the impact of the closure.”

The Ministry of Defence announced the 2017 closure of Claro Barracks in March.The site serves as the home of the 21 Engineer Regiment and 15 Field Squadron, both of which will relocate to Catterick Garrison in four years’ time.

The City Plan is consulting across six broad areas: attractions; transport; businesses and shops; community, voluntary and health (Healthy Ripon), environment (looking after Ripon), and homes and education (living and learning).

l To take part in the City Plan consultation, visit the website :

www.riponcity.gov.uk/city-plan/