Dobbies plans Harrogate garden centre

Dobbies Garden Centres is planning a new £8m garden centre in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, on Skipton Road, to the north west of the city.

The Garden World is proposed on a four hectare site 3km from the town centre. It would create 120 full and part-time job opportunities for the Harrogate area.

Dobbies, which has 32 centres and is part of the Tesco Group, is seeking feedback from members of the community ahead of submitting the planning application. 

Two public exhibitions regarding the proposed site on Skipton Road will be held on 4 December at St Peters Church Hall, Cambridge Road, Harrogate from 12-4pm and 5 December, 1.30pm – 5pm at Jennyfield Styan Community Centre, Grantley Drive, Harrogate.

Dobbies property director Stuart Wright said: "We are excited about the prospect of building our newest Garden World in Harrogate and want to work closely with the local community to ensure our plans fit local requirements for the chosen site.

"Ahead of our public consultation in Harrogate, we carried out market research to understand the demand for a retailer such as Dobbies in the area. The response to this was very positive and over three quarters of respondents would be ‘very likely’ to visit a new garden centre in the Harrogate area.

"The local community also said that new job creation was also considered a very important aspect of bringing a new garden centre to Harrogate. Our proposal for a new Harrogate Garden World would bring over 120 jobs to the area. We will also be working with Yorkshire suppliers to fill our Farm Food Hall shelves, feature on the menu of our restaurant and help provide a range of gardening and plant products.

 "Our public consultation will give the local Harrogate community the opportunity to view our proposals and speak to members of our project team."

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