Pharmacy expansion appeal rejected

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AN APPEAL against the rejection of plans for a 100-hour pharmacy in Harrogate has been dismissed by a Government inspector.

Leeds Road Surgery had its planning application for an extension and increased opening hours turned down in June.

Planners in Harrogate objected to the impact on neighbours and the removal of a protected sycamore, despite the surgery’s assurances that the effects would be minimal and the changers were needed to help modernise the building.

Following an appeal by the practice, a report from planning inspector David Cullingford last Friday upheld the council’s decision.

He also raised concerns over the impact of removing sections of hedging and lawn to create parking and allow for deliveries, which he said would “intrude into, and spoil” the area’s character.

He questioned the use of traffic and noise statistics from another 100-hour pharmacy in Pudsey, which he said did not present enough information about the likely impact in Harrogate.

But he said he had also considered the potential benefit to the community of the proposed expansion.

He said: “However, on the basis of the evidence submitted, I consider that there would be severe drawbacks in providing those extended services in this residential area. Hence, I find neither those nor any other matter raised sufficiently compelling to alter my conclusion that this appeal should be dismissed.”