Cabinet members postpone adopting Harrogate Town Centre Masterplan

Harrogate Town Centre Masterplan
Harrogate Town Centre Masterplan

Harrogate Borough Council cabinet members have postponed adopting a 10-year masterplan for the town centre in order to carry out an ‘equalities analysis’.

Senior councillors were set to adopt the £50,000 strategy, which includes proposals for outdoor cafes and to pedestrianise areas including James Street, at a meeting on Wednesday, April 20.

Cabinet members were ‘very positive’ about the recommended changes to the plan which resulted from the responses received through public consultation in September and October last year.

However, despite the detailed strategy being recommended for approval the cabinet decided to postpone its adoption for an equalities analysis to be carried out.

An equalities analysis is a way of considering the effect of policies, actions or services on different groups to ensure they do not have a negative impact.

Officers will report back with the analysis with the masterplan now set to be considered by Cabinet at its next meeting on Wednesday, May 25.

During discussions at the meeting, members also discussed the possibility of relocating the Tourist Information Centre to a new facility located near the bus station and Victoria Shopping Centre.