Morrisons superstore waits for approval

A computer generated image showing how the proposed Morrisons megastore might look. (S)
A computer generated image showing how the proposed Morrisons megastore might look. (S)
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Plans to build a new supermarket, hotel, DIY store and business units on the southern edge of Ripon are still awaiting final approval from the borough council.

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the Morrisons scheme on the southern edge of the city at a borough planning committee meeting in May, despite concerns from local residents.

But the plans cannot be given the green-light until Section 106 of the planning application is finalised and signed off by planners.

Section 106 is part of planning policy used to ensure the new development is sustainable before building work begins, and approval of the application is subject to this section being signed off.

The development is expected to create 660 new jobs and 150 construction jobs as well as protecting 220 existing jobs at the site.

Despite councillors’ support for the scheme, some city centre shopkeepers have voiced fears for the future of their businesses if the scheme was to go ahead.

Residents of neighbouring Edens Way also raised objections about plans to alter a bridleway which passes their homes and is set to become part of pedestrian and cycle access plans for the expanded site.

Last year the borough council’s planning committee voted unanimously for the Morrisons’ proposals hoping the development will bring more tourists to Ripon and stop shoppers abandoning the city for the Tesco megastore in Harrogate, which had been approved not long before the Morrisons proposals came up for consideration.