Housing plan for auction mart site

The former auction mart site on North Road in Ripon. (110506M2)
The former auction mart site on North Road in Ripon. (110506M2)

Ripon’s former auction mart and a neighbouring empty pub could be the site of nearly 100 new homes under plans submitted to Harrogate Borough Council.

An application to demolish the auction mart buildings as well as the disused Station Inn, and build 96 new homes on the North Road site was lodged with the council on November 14.

Under the plans, the new development would include 21 affordable homes – 11 fewer than were proposed when the auction mart site was including in the council’s Local Development Framework.

However, the overall number of homes planned for the site has gone up from 79 to 96.

The council’s housing department has already commented on the plans. Its response to the planning application said: “The types and sizes of the affordable units have been agreed in principle. However it is recognised that there may be changes to the proposed plans prior to approval and it will be necessary to review any alterations to layout and numbers proposed in the light of what has been agreed, to protect the already diminished number of affordable units agreed as part of this development.”

The council’s economic development officers have also supported the proposals, saying new homes on the “neglected backland” could help revitalise the city centre.

The plans come three months after Harrogate Borough Council published its Local Development Framework (LDF) which outlined plans to build 150 new homes around the city by 2024.

The LDF earmarked seven possible sites for the homes, including the auction mart, the current site of the Cathedral Choir School, and land directly behind the Workhouse Museum gardens.