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Tesco pulls plan for 'last area'

Street in Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Tesco has no presence in Harrogate at the moment

Supermarket firm Tesco has withdrawn a planning application for a new store in the only UK postcode area in which it has no presence - Harrogate.

The move comes after council planning officers and residents expressed concerns about the application.

Some residents are worried it would cause problems for the North Yorkshire town's businesses and traffic.

Tesco said it was committed to opening a store in Harrogate and said a revised application would be submitted shortly.

The 107,630 sq ft store was planned for the former gas works site off Ripon Road and Skipton Road.

Store 'wanted'

The application was due to be discussed by Harrogate Borough Council's planning committee on 27 November.

A Tesco spokesman said: "This is a temporary measure.

"The reason why we have withdrawn at this stage is that we want to get it right for Harrogate.

"There is a time limit for determining planning applications and the limit was reached before discussions were completed.

"We are committed to it and we know that many people in north Harrogate want this store."

The council said it fully expected Tesco to re-submit a planning application for the site.

A spokesman said: "Planning officers have been in discussions with Tesco about the details of the planning application and it is understood that the company has taken on board some of their concerns regarding the current proposals."

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