For sale sign on Ripon’s Spa Baths


Last updated Mar 8, 2021
Photo od For Sale Sign at Ripon's Spa Baths
The 'For Sale' sign at Ripon's Spa Baths

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.”

Ripon Civic Society, has called on HBC to follow the city’s neighbourhood plan, which identifies potential NHS use of the building.

Chair Christopher Hughes, said that the society:

“Urges that disposal of Ripon Spa Baths must not happen without transparent evidence that its potential contribution to health provision in our growing city and wider value to the community have been thoroughly addressed.”

In a statement issued by HBC, the council said:

“Ripon Spa Baths has served the community well over the years.”

The building is now being replaced by a modern, state-of-the-art pool at Ripon Leisure Centre, following significant investment by the borough council.

The statement added

“The future sale, and redevelopment of the listed building, would allow this local asset to be redeveloped (subject to planning approval), retain key features and remain as a city landmark.”


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