Petition over plans to turn Harrogate pub into convenience store

More than 100 people have signed a petition against plans to turn a village pub into a convenience store.

Friday, 22nd November 2019, 3:28 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd November 2019, 5:06 pm

Weather warning as heavy rain hits Harrogate district this weekendDynamic Capital Killinghall Ltd submitted its plan for The Three Horseshoes pub in Killinghall to Harrogate Borough Council earlier this month.

The scheme includes demolishing the pub and would also create four apartments.

The applicant provided documents to the council claiming that 83 per cent of residents who responded to a consultation backed the proposal, citing the creation of jobs and additional shopping choices as the reasons.

108 signed the petition against the plans by Dynamic Capital Killinghall Ltd to turn The Three Horseshoes site into a shop and four apartments.

Around 15 full and part-time jobs would be created in the convenience store, which would include an ATM and be open between 7am and 11pm.

In a statement earlier this month, a spokesperson from Dynamic Capital Killinghall Ltd said it was “delighted with the response to our plans and have now submitted the application”.

In total, 161 people provided their views and 135 were in favour the scheme, according to the applicant’s data.

It now appears that not everyone is happy with the plans.

A 108 signature petition has been sent to Harrogate Council urging it to refuse planning permission.

The petition states: “We have made this petition to show [the applicant] that we want to keep our pub and don’t want another shop in Killinghall village.”

A further 23 letters have been sent to the council by people in favour of the new store.

It was only three years ago that the site’s owners pumped £100k into a major refurbishment project of the Ripon Road pub, but now the applicant has warned that the “increasingly unviable” pub will close regardless of if the store plan gets approval

The planning application will be decided by Harrogate Borough Council in the next few months.

Carl Gavaghan Local Democracy Reporter