Letter: Bottling plant - Expansion would lose character

Harrogate Spring Water's production plant surrounded by woodland.
Harrogate Spring Water's production plant surrounded by woodland.
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I fully support the objections of the Pinewoods Conservation Group to the expansion plans of Harrogate Spring Water and would add a further objection.

When the company first applied for permission to build in this area, which is totally inappropriate as a site for an industrial development, the application stated that there would be no further development beyond the original building. Planning permission was granted on this basis.

An expanding industrial complex, the parking of a fleet of school buses and the building of many houses is altering this green and pleasant area, which is valued and used by many, to the point where we are losing an important part of the town’s character.

And we are definitely losing any faith in the assurances of the planning department.

Eileen Haxby

Harrogate