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Harrogate's former Debenhams store faces objection to demolition plans

Sophie Smith
23 March 2022

Plans to demolish the former Debenhams store in Harrogate have been challenged by a number of conservationists worried about the impact it would have on the town.

Located on Parliament Street, the store has been empty since Debenhams closed the last of its stores in January 2021.

The plans submitted to Harrogate Borough Council include the demolition of the former department store and construction of a new building comprising two commercial units and 50 residential apartments.

Objections to the demolition have been made from a number of organisations including Historic England, Harrogate Civic Society and Historic Buildings and Places, according to The Yorkshire Post.

In an appeal submitted to the council, the concerns emphasised that the proposal would "substantially harm" the character of the street. Along with the history environment of the area.

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