The ‘for sale’ sign has been put in place outside Ripon’s Spa Baths.
The move comes despite calls from councillors and Ripon Civic Society for detailed consultation to decide the future of the Grade II listed building.
Sanderson Weatherall, the property agents appointed by Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) is marketing the property under the heading ‘residential’.
But under a separate heading of ‘development proposals’ says:
“The property could potentially be suitable for a variety of alternative uses subject to planning.”
It then adds that HBC’s planning department has provided the following statement:
“Subject to planning permission and listed building consent, the re-development could include low density residential use, community uses and other uses appropriate to town centre locations having regard to the amenity considerations and constraints of the locality.”
Last month, Ripon City Councillors at a virtual full council meeting, voted unanimously resist the sale of Spa Baths for private development, after parish and district councillors Stuart Martin and Mike Chambers, told fellow members that the building was already up for sale.
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