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TV presenter Julia Bradbury reacts to council decision to reject 'immoral' bottling plant expansion

TV presenter Julia Bradbury has reacted to the news that Harrogate Borough Council have rejected plans for an extension to the Harrogate Spring Water bottling plant. The proposals, which came to light earlier this month, would have seen more than half of Harrogate's Rotary Wood chopped down to make way for the extension. And Ms Bradbury has branded the decision "a major victory for environmentalists and green spaces" having campaigned against plans and writing a letter to the Harrogate Borough Council planning committee prior to their meeting yesterday. [caption id="attachment_6108" align="alignnone" width="1757"] The proposed development at the Harrogate Spring Water bottling plant. Pic: Pinewoods Conservation Group[/caption] The BBC presenter, who has been vocal on the issue via social media, joined a number of community groups in opposing the proposals from Harrogate Spring Water, branding them "morally and financially wrong". https://twitter.com/JuliaBradbury/status/1354116821759229953 Julia said:

"I'm really delighted that people are now so passionate about open spaces and that the council has understood this. "This decision indicates a shift in how we care for our open spaces. I believe the pandemic has played a big role in this because the message is hitting home that we need to maintain our open spaces for our mental and physical wellbeing."
The plans were rejected with eight councillors voting for rejection and four absentenions. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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