Tesco is developing exciting plans to transform the derelict gas board site on Skipton Road in Harrogate to deliver a new Tesco supermarket.
Before we submit a planning application to Harrogate Borough Council, we want to hear the views of the local community about our proposals.
You are also invited to participate in an online consultation event on Tuesday 5th October, during which you will be able to view a presentation from Tesco’s development team and ask questions.
All the feedback received during our consultation will help shape the final plans before a planning application is submitted to Harrogate Borough Council.
We ask that all comments be submitted by Monday 11th October 2021 to ensure they can be taken into consideration before the final plans are submitted to the Council in the Autumn.
We look forward to hearing from you.
This land was previously owned by North East Gas and used for gas storage and distribution.
Tesco bought the site in 2003 and planning permission was granted in 2012 for a Tesco supermarket. However, this new store was not delivered at the time as Tesco paused the growth of new supermarkets in response to structural changes in the retail sector.
In 2021, Tesco opened its first new large-format superstore in six years in Penwortham, Lancashire. Four new store openings are scheduled for 2021, including a brand-new superstore and petrol filling station in Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire.
We believe that now is the right time to deliver a new Tesco supermarket in Harrogate.
The proposals for this store are significantly different to the previous planning consent. A new planning application will be submitted and if granted, Tesco will start construction as soon as possible.
The new store will be 38,795 sq. ft. and provide a range of food and non-food goods in addition to a bakery, café and ‘Click and Collect’ services. These proposals also include a petrol filling station.
The designs for the store are currently being developed and we are ensuring that they will be sympathetic to the surrounding area, for example by improving the setting of Oak Beck and opening it up to public view. This supermarket will also be at ground level, so will be not be as tall as the supermarket proposals that were previously granted planning consent.
Around 200 car parking spaces will be provided as well as electric vehicle charging points and cycle parking.
Our new proposals will deliver a much-needed new food store for the north of the town. This will reduce the number of long car journeys across Harrogate and we anticipate a reduction in CO2 emissions from the shorter trips customers will be making.
The store will create around 100 new jobs, and our new colleagues will be provided with excellent training, development opportunities and attractive benefits.
The existing vegetation and trees along the boundary will be retained and improved where appropriate to screen the development from the surrounding area and enhance local biodiversity. A landscape buffer and acoustic fence will also be provided to the rear of properties along Electric Avenue.
The proposals will unlock numerous economic benefits for the local area:
Reusing a brownfield site
This brownfield site is currently unused and as the site was previously used for gas storage, it requires careful redevelopment. Our proposals will remediate the land and deliver a new Tesco supermarket for the local community. The store will have a contemporary design and incorporate crime prevention measures.
Creating jobs, delivering investment
Our plans will deliver a significant investment for the area and provide a boost to the local economy.
The new store will create around 100 jobs, as well as excellent training opportunities, for local people.
More choice, convenience and great quality for consumers
Tesco offers a wide range of great quality food, drinks and essential items and provides great value for customers. We know there is demand for a new supermarket to serve the north of Harrogate; a new Tesco will provide local residents with improved choice when it comes to where they shop, whether for a main weekly shop or for topping up during the week.
Tesco is committed to minimising our environmental impact and we are working with our suppliers, partners and the wider industry to tackle climate change, reduce waste and protect the environment.
Tesco has committed to be net zero carbon by 2035 and this is at the forefront of our thinking when designing and delivering new stores. We already use 97% renewable energy and our home delivery fleet will be fully electric by 2028.
We aim to deliver a highly sustainable new store which will incorporate a range of measures, including:
Tesco is reducing the impact of plastic packaging and we aim to ensure that plastic never finds its way to landfill or into the environment. Last year we removed one billion pieces of plastic from our stores and we recently launched soft plastics collection, meaning our packaging is now fully recyclable.
Highways and Access.
This new supermarket will help create more sustainable shopping patterns in Harrogate and reduce the number of long car journeys across the town. As a result, we anticipate there will be a reduction in CO2 from the shorter trips customers will be making.
The new store will be accessed from a new roundabout on Skipton Road.
North Yorkshire Council Highways Department have been consulted and provided feedback on this access.
Approximately 200 parking spaces will be provided, which we have assessed will meet the customer demand. This will include electric vehicle charging points. In addition, 24 cycle parking spaces will be provided.
A detailed transport assessment will be submitted with the planning application. This will be included in the application documents and therefore in the public domain for members of the public to review.
Separately, North Yorkshire County Council are intending to make improvements to the bridge on Skipton Road over the Oak Beck.
If you have any questions about our plans, check below to see our FAQs and answers. For all other questions, please visit our contact page.
The site is located on unused land to the south of Skipton Road (A59), Harrogate. The site is bordered by Ripon Road (A61) to the east and is situated next to neighbouring retails units.
We are proposing a 38,795 sq ft supermarket with c.200 free parking spaces, electric vehicle charging points, an ATM, and a wide variety of food and non-food options. The new store will have a contemporary design which incorporates crime prevention measures and reflects the character of the local area.
We anticipate submitting a planning application in the autumn and subject to securing planning permission, we would look to open the new store in 2023.
The existing trees and other vegetation along the boundary will, where possible, be retained and enhanced to screen the new store from the surrounding area. We will retain landscaping to the rear of properties along Electric Avenue where we can and provide an acoustic fence.
If approved, the new store will create around 100 jobs.
Tesco pay their staff competitive rates, as well as offering training and development opportunities allowing employees to learn and progress in their career. Jobs are advertised 4-6 weeks before a store opens.
Please visit www.tesco-careers.com for more information.
Tesco seeks to be a good neighbour and successfully operates in communities across UK. We will seek to mitigate the impact resulting from deliveries to this store. The proposals include an acoustic fence and landscaping between the development and properties on Electric Avenue.
Tesco has committed to be net zero carbon by 2035 and this is at the forefront of our minds when building new stores. We already use 97% renewable energy and our home delivery fleet will be fully electric by 2030.
We aim to deliver a highly sustainable new store which will incorporate a range of measures, including
Previous assessments of the site have been undertaken and these have identified localised concentrations of contaminates in the soil. These will be removed.
This will be carefully considered in the Flood Risk Assessment and which the Environment Agency will review. The designs will include sustainable urban drainage features which will control the discharge of surface water.
The application will be accompanied by an air quality assessment. This will consider the number of car journeys made a as result of this development and any impact on air quality
The existing trees and other vegetation along the boundary will where possible be retained and enhanced to screen the new store from the surrounding area. We will retain landscaping to the rear of properties along Electric Avenue where we can. Where it is not possible to retain the existing trees and hedgerows, suitable replacement nesting and/or foraging habitats will be provided.
Our consultation runs until Sunday 10th October. During this time, you can get in touch in the following ways: