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Expansion of Simon Graeme Auto Services Centre set to go ahead

Plans have finally been approved to expand Simon Graeme Auto Services Centre in Hampsthwaite.

Expansion of Simon Graeme Auto Services Centre set to go ahead

Plans have finally been approved to expand Simon Graeme Auto Services Centre in Hampsthwaite.

The garage has been planning to expand for two and a half years but had been unable to obtain planning permission.

But North Yorkshire Council’s Skipton and Ripon planning committee have finally given plans the go-ahead, much to the delight of Simon Graeme and his team.

He said via social media:

“We did it! We are so proud and so happy to announce that today we got the go ahead for the expansion.

“Tonight we raise a well-awaited glass of cheers. Here’s to a very busy exciting 2024!”

The current garage is located within the Nidderdale AONB, which has strict planning laws.

The proposed new building, which will house two MOT bays and five servicing bays, sits on land just outside of the AONB.

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A previous plan for a larger building was refused by officers in January but Nathan Hull committee chair and Conservative councillor for Washburn & Birstwith said there was a local need for the garage in the area.

The plans have received 55 messages of support and just one objection.

Cllr Hull said: 

“My understanding is there’s a need for this garage and they’ve outgrown the site.

“There’s not a moratorium on any development within the AONB. People who live in the AONB have a need for employment and access to services”.

Simon Graeme Auto Services Centre has operated at Graystone Plain Lane off the A59 for 30 years.

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