Review of the Year 2015: February

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The largest housing development proposed for Harrogate since the 1960s was given the go-ahead.

Councillors say they were ‘held over a barrel’ and could not refuse the plans for 600 houses on Penny Pot Lane. Harrogate Borough Council’s planning committee voted seven to five in favour of approving Persimmon Homes’ proposals for the site.

North Yorkshire County Council announced the controversial Leeds Road junction, which had blighted commuters’ journeys for almost a year, would be changed because of community concerns.

Almost a year after the new layout was put in place, the highways department acknowledged there was a problem and the layout would be changed.

A special investigation by the Harrogate Advertiser highlighted a surge in use of legal highs in Harrogate.

The awareness campaign, which received backing from the Home Office, revealed that children as young as 12 have been targeted for the deadly drugs.