Pinewoods Group reacts to Harrogate Spring Water’s new announcement on the future of Rotary Wood

A spokesperson for the Pinewoods Conservation Group said the group of volunteers was “disappointed” the company still wanted to continue with the original 2017 plan in the Rotary Wood area.

A spokesperson for Pinewoods Conservation Group said the group of volunteers was “disappointed” that the company still wanted to continue with the original 2017 plan which is likely to impact Rotary Wood, having abandoned its revised version from 2019 which was rejected last year by members of Harrogate Borough Council’s Planning Committee.

A spokesperson for the Pinewoods Conversation Group said: “While we are delighted that plans for the larger site have now been abandoned, we are disappointed that the company is still planning to move forward with the initial development proposed five years ago.

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“Since then, public concerns about single-use plastics and opinions about environmental protection have grown significantly.

“This original development still has a large footprint of almost two acres which will see the removal of many trees and the loss of publicly accessible green space.

The comments from the Pinewood Voluntary Group come after Harrogate Spring Water’s new chief executive, Richard Hall, announced earlier today that the company intended to revert to its smaller premier scheme which secured a while ago five years planning permission from Harrogate Borough Council to expand production facilities on its site. on Harlow Moor Road.

This original plan reduces the size and impact of the extension compared to the 2019 proposals.

But the Pinewoods Conservation Group spokesman said he welcomed Harrogate Spring Water’s new round of public consultation on the issue.

A PCG spokesperson said: “We are encouraged by this new consultation and a commitment to work with us and other key stakeholders to achieve a net biodiversity gain for the site and create more shared areas.

“Any replacement of lost land is a necessity for the local community.

“We encourage all interested people to attend the planned events and make their views known.”