Co-op planning to open store on former Harrogate pub site

The Skipton Pub
The Skipton Pub

The Co-op has confirmed it’s hoping to open a store in the former Skipton pub site after submitting a planning application to Harrogate Borough Council (HBC).

The store, which has already opened in numerous locations across Harrogate, including Otley Road, Jennyfield Drive and Leeds Road, is hoping to open towards the end of 2016.

A spokesperson for the Co-op said: “We are intending to open a new Co-op store on Skipton Road towards the end of the year but at this stage it is still subject to planning permission.”

The pub has stood empty since its owner Enterprise Inns decided to close the premises due to falling trade before Tesco pulled out of a deal last year.

Tesco were granted planning permission to open an express store on Skipton Road in 2014, despite a huge row erupting with parents from Bilton Grange School over access issues.

Councillors were unable to refuse plans due to a planning ‘loophole’ allowing pubs to be converted into supermarkets without needing a change of use permit.

However, in April 2015, the company said the pub plan was ‘unviable’ after HBC demanded a traffic barrier to stop access from Bilton Lane at school pick up and drop off time.