Bettys applies to create new baby changing room in Harrogate tea rooms


Last updated May 17, 2022
Outside Bettys tearoom

A new baby changing facility could be created at Bettys‘ Parliament Street tea rooms if planning permission is given.

The company proposes changing the layout of its basement toilets to allow a separate room to be created for baby changing, rather than the current changing table within the ladies’ toilets.

The building is Grade II listed so permission has to be given by Harrogate Borough Council for any changes to be made.

As part of the application, a design and heritage statement said:

“Currently, the building does not have any separated room for baby change, accessible to all. The current baby change use allocated within the ladies toilet.

“Firstly, the proposal aims to divide the existing ladies customers toilets to create two separated rooms within the existing space, with two independent doors from the Spindler corridor. This allows the baby change to be used independently.

“Secondly, the proposed refurbishment creates an opportunity to enhance the design for the female toilets and baby change with the general palette through the rest of this building and other Bettys branches.”

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The proposed design would replace the dark wooden panels and tiled flooring with new materials including limestone and timber, as well as updated decor including wallpaper.

A fireplace in the ladies’ toilets will also be refurbished as part of the project.

To view the full application, click here to visit Harrogate Borough Council’s planning site and use reference 22/01430/LB.


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