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Northallerton Prison within reach council ownership

Plans to develop Northallerton’s former prison are gathering pace – after delays caused by the General Election.

Hambleton District Council formally agreed to buy the site with a view to developing it some months ago – but transfer of the site was held up within the Ministry of Justice due to restrictions imposed on cabinet ministers in the run up to May 7.

It is now hoped that the District Council will receive the keys to the building within the next month.

And then the authority hopes to open it up for public visits before being demolished.

“We are exploring the possibility of allowing the public to see inside the site before it is demolished,” said Hambleton District councillor Mark Robson.

“This is a very exciting development for the district but we know people are curious to see behind the wall so will do all we call to make that happen.

“And then we can press ahead with our redevelopment plans – we believe that with the council managing this scheme it has the best chance of achieving a balance between new community facilities and new commercial opportunities.”

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