Jewellery store plans for empty Harrogate bank

An architect's drawing of the plans for the Fraser Hart jewellery store on James Street.
An architect's drawing of the plans for the Fraser Hart jewellery store on James Street.

Jewellery chain Fraser Hart has submitted plans to open a branch in the former Santander bank in Harrogate town centre.

The proposal for a new jewellery store would see the front of the shop altered to include a “glass passage” entrance into the building, which is opposite East in James Street.

Acting on behalf of Fraser Hart, Boxco2 Consultants highlighted in a planning report that the shop’s proposed location had evolved to become one of “Harrogate’s premier shopping streets”.

The report, which has been submitted to Harrogate Borough Council, says: “We are of the opinion that this application and accompanying documentation provides an elaborated proposal that is conservative and principally involves the upkeep and update of existing retail fixtures, it is in keeping with the character of the architecturally significant area and enhances the quality of the environment.”

The building has remained empty for a number of months since Santander moved its branch to Cambridge Road.

Fraser Hart has 41 stores throughout the UK, including York and Leeds.