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Redevelopment of Harrogate football stadium approved

Words: Laura Edgar
Plans for Harrogate Town Football Club / press release

Harrogate Borough Council has granted planning approval to proposals that will see a new two-storey clubhouse built at the CNG Stadium on Wetherby Road.

The stadium is the home of Harrogate Town Football Club.

The club was advised by Indigo Planning on its plans, which also include seated terraces, an office building, classrooms that can be used as community facilities and an improved floodlighting system.

Designed by Bowman Riley Architects, the redevelopment will increase the capacity of the ground from 2,800 spectators to approximately 5,000.

The club has used the site for training and matches since 1919, with spectator facilities updated in recent years. It has ambitions to get promoted from National League North to the National League, and eventually the Football League. To achieve this, the playing and spectator facilities need further improvement to meet the Football Association’s (FA) requirements.

Garry Plant, managing director at Harrogate Town Football Club, said the club is pleased that the planning committee supported “this sensitively designed scheme, which will help us achieve our ambitions”.

“The club is committed to delivering a high-quality facility that the local community can be proud of,” he added.

David Smith, associate at Indigo, said: “We have worked closely with the club, the council’s officers, the design team and local community to secure this permission. Given the site’s location, it was essential that we engaged with the local community throughout the planning process and respond to their feedback. The scheme has evolved over the past seven months as a result of these discussions.”