Demolished Harrogate charity flats set to be complete by December
Last updated Mar 20, 2024
Photo of a digger on site during groundworks at 212 Ripon Road in Harrogate.
A digger on site during groundworks at 212 Ripon Road in Harrogate today

New supported living flats on Ripon Road in Harrogate look set to be completed by the end of 2024.

Harrogate Skills 4 Living is behind the scheme and now expects the project to be on track and finished by December.

The flats were partially built on the site, near New Park roundabout and opposite the former gasworks due to become a Tesco supermarket. One storey of the three-storey project had been built but was demolished earlier this month.

Hadyn Moorby-Davies, chief executive of Harrogate Skills 4 Living, said:

“It was necessary to demolish the existing structure so that the new contractor Studfold Ltd. could recommence the build.

“Hopefully, there won’t be any further delays and the project will be ready for occupation mid-December.”

The partially built flats at 212 Ripon Road

At the site, 212 Ripon Road, the charity aims to create assisted living accommodation for adults with learning disabilities and autism.

Plans submitted to North Yorkshire council show that the building is set to include six flats for people who need constant carer support, plus sleeping accommodation for staff. Harrogate Skills 4 Living was granted planning permission last year.

The plans approved by North Yorkshire Council said:

“The apartments are for accommodating adults with learning disabilities/ autism in order that they can achieve a better lifestyle in a supported living environment while benefiting from the independence that this environment provides.”

Computer generated images of the proposed HS4L site

Earlier this month, Mr Moorby-Davies said:

“The site has been demolished to allow new contractors to re-start the development.

“My understanding is that the building wasn’t being constructed as it should have been and so the decision was taken, to achieve the standard that Harrogate Skills 4 Living and its partners were entitled to expect, it would be best to start again hence the demolition of what had been built thus far.

“Whilst this may appear a backwards step, it had to be done for the project to move forwards.”

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