Major developments set for debate at Chamber meeting

Representatives of four major business and housing developments in the Harrogate district will present their cases at the same meeting for the first time in June.

Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce has organised the meeting in advance of any of the sites being included in Harrogate Borough Council’s Local Plan, or being awarded planning permission.

Proposed business development Flaxby Green Park will be under discussion along with residential developments at Flaxby Park, Maltkiln Village in Cattal, and Hammerton. Representatives of Gent Visick, Wildblood Macdonald, Caddick Group and CEG will present their respective proposals, before taking questions from the floor.

Brian Dunsby, who has co-ordinated the meeting for Harrogate Chamber, said: “This will be the first time that all four developers have been in the same room to present their proposals and answer questions from the audience.

“The aim is to inform the local business community of significant plans for more accessible premises for growing businesses and for more affordable housing for their employees on the east side of Harrogate.”

The meeting takes place on Monday, June 11 and will be open to any businesses in the Harrogate district interested in hearing more about the plans.

Chamber chief executive Sandra Doherty added: “The need for more housing in the Harrogate district is unquestionable – but the scale, location and type of housing are still very much up for debate.

“Affordable housing would make a significant difference to many local businesses who struggle to attract quality applicants for lower-paid roles. We also need to create more business accommodation, not just for our local firms to grow into but also to attract investment from larger national and international brands.”

The open meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kings Road, Harrogate, on Monday, June 11. Networking begins at 5.30pm, with the discussion starting at 6.15pm. For more information, visit

Attendance is free for members and first-time visitors, but places need to be booked in advance on the website or by emailing Repeat visitors can attend for £15 per person.

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