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Plans for fire-ravaged Starbeck building expected soon

Long-awaited plans for Starbeck’s former McColl’s supermarket building could be unveiled before Christmas, according to Harrogate's MP.

Plans for fire-ravaged Starbeck building expected soon Harrogate & Knaresborough Conservative MP Andrew Jones says long-awaited plans for Starbeck’s former McColl’s supermarket building could be unveiled before Christmas following a meeting with its owner. Fire ripped through the supermarket in July 2018 but more than five years later the Victorian-era building is still a burned-out shell. Andrew Hart, owner of the Red Box post office opposite the site, has spearheaded a campaign for the building to be brought back into use and last year members of the Starbeck community painted it the colours of the Ukraine flag to improve its appearance. Bates & Hemingborough, which own the building, had plans for it to be demolished approved by Harrogate Borough Council in February 2022 but it remains standing. [caption id="attachment_84370" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Harrogate and Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones.[/caption] Posting on his Community News website, Andrew Jones said he recently had a “constructive” meeting with the owners who promised him that a scheme would be forward soon.  The plans are for retail on the ground floor and apartments on the first floor. The owner, as well as the architect who is designing the plans, hope to run a public exhibition in Starbeck before Christmas so that residents can comment on the proposals. The MP said:

“This is very positive as, like many others, I have been keen to see proposals brought forward so that we can see progress on removing a building which is, frankly, an eyesore. "It is important that in bringing this site back into use the setting next to St Andrew’s Church is respected. “I was grateful to the owner for sharing his thoughts with me and I urge people to keep an eye out for the start of the public consultation.”
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