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SMR Architects have recently assisted in gaining unanimous outline planning approval for the Masterplan of a new business park development at Junction 47 of the A1 near Flaxby.  Acting on behalf of Forward Investments Ltd, Flaxby Green Park will provide for development of up to 610,000 sqft of B1 Office space and associated retail/leisure uses.

The vision for the site is to create a unique business park that will champion green technologies through innovative and challenging design, and seek to blend high quality business environments into the natural setting.  Development of the site has led to a landscape driven masterplan which provides ample areas of open woodland and public open space for the benefit of office users and visitors to the park.  The site has the potential to deliver a sustainable environment where the extensive woodland areas are managed in order to enhance biodiversity and to increase accessibility for the enjoyment of both employees at the site and wider public use. Development plots would sit within a robust structured landscape plan with buildings that adhere to a design code that pays due consideration to the heritage assets both within and outside of the site while creating positive natural environments for users of the park to enjoy.

The chairman of Harrogate Borough Council’s planning committee meeting, Councillor John Mann, said: “The proposal received unanimous approval as we thought it was an excellent plan for the jobs it will bring. There is a currently a shortage of economic land for firms to use in the area and these 100 acres will be a viable addition for this.”

We welcome the unanimous decision by Harrogate Borough Council to approve this landmark employment development.  This approval represents a leap forward in the provision of modern, innovative design opportunities for new and existing businesses, ensuring future investment growth and jobs for Harrogate and our wider District.


Additional publications on the approval can be found here:

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BBC News: