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New plans to demolish Ripon's Old Lecture Building and build a care home on-site

Ripon Civic Society has been fighting for the building's protection.
Ripon Civic Society has been fighting for the building's protection.

A new planning application has been submitted to demolish Ripon's Old Lecture Building and build a 58-room care home on-site.

A previous application to demolish the former girls' high school building on College Road was refused by Harrogate Borough Council in March, but developers Graycliffe Homes have now submitted fresh plans.

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The planning statement for the project reads: "The proposal meets the much-needed demand for high quality sustainable development within Ripon."

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Ripon Civic Society has been actively fighting for the protection of the historic building, and welcomed news that the last application for its demolition was refused.