Tesco building work set for spring

CONSTRUCTION of Harrogate’s new Tesco superstore is expected to start in spring 2012.

Matt Magee from Tesco said the company still hopes to have the 24-hour store, at the junction of Skipton Road and Ripon Road, open by Christmas 2013.

Last week, the Secretary of State decided not to call in the controversial planning application.

Writing on behalf of Government minister Eric Pickles, Liz Hardy said: “Policy makes it clear that the power to call in a case will only be used very selectively.

“The Government is committed to give more power to councils and communities to make their own decisions on planning issues, and believes planning decisions should be made at the local level wherever possible.”