New auction house planned for Harrogate
Last updated Mar 21, 2024
Springfield Farm Business Park. Image: Hayfield Robinson

A new auction house is planned for a Harrogate business park.

Plans to create the facility at Springfield Farm Business Park, near Kettlesing, have been submitted to North Yorkshire Council.

Springfield Farm is situated just off the A59 Skipton Road, seven miles east of Harrogate.

The plans propose converting an existing building on the business park to an auction house.

The site has been vacant since January 2023 and has been advertised for sale on Hayfield Robinson property consultants since last year.

The planning documents do not reveal which firm plans to move in, but correspondence between the council and the senior planner revealed the company set to occupy the unit “have auction houses elsewhere” and 10 jobs would be created.

If approved, the auction house will be less than five miles away from Thompson’s Auctioneers at Killinghall but Thompson’s director Kate Higgings said the proposed new venture was not part of its business.

Planning documents submitted to North Yorkshire Council say:

“The main proposed use of the application site is that of an auction sales rooms, with associated offices and storage space on the first floor.

“The proposed layout allows for one large auction room to be created and it is envisaged that only one auction sale would be conducted at any particular time. There would be one auction sale per week on a Saturday. The car park layout allows for a service yard for the delivery and collection of lots.

“Potential bidders will be able to attend the auction rooms in person, leave commission bids, bid via telephone or via one or more online platforms. There will be approximately 20 bidders likely to attend auctions in person and the existing car parking spaces will be sufficient for their business needs.

“It is anticipated that the auction rooms will employ around 10 full time equivalent staff including auctioneers, valuers, accountants, and administrative staff and porters.”

The council will decide whether to accept the plans.

Springfield Farm Business Park plans for a new auction house

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