New £6.5 million shopping development proposed in Skipton

The Guyson site off Keighley Road, Skipton

The Guyson site off Keighley Road, Skipton

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A SKIPTON manufacturing company has revealed £6.5 million plans including a new DIY store on the edge of town.

Guyson International, on the Snaygill Industrial estate, Keighley Road, wants to use part of its site to build four non food retail stores.

The largest, of around 1,800 sq meters and believed to be a Wickes DIY , would be almost double the size of Aldi, also on Keighley Road.

The development would also include three other units, one to be a pets supplies store, all of between 370 to 550 sq meters, and a 103 space car park.

If allowed, the company will re-invest in its factory, expanding its facilities and adding to its current 100 strong workforce.

Guyson, which is jointly submitting its plans with Ilkley based developers Opus North, designs and makes industrial finishing equipment. Despite its international reputation, it is Skipton based, is a privately owned family company and employs around 100 people.

Its managing director, James Thompson, said if approved, the proposals would secure the company's future.

"We are delighted that these proposals will allow us to make much needed investment in our facilities and take on new staff. The plans will guarantee out future in Skipton for some time to come," he said.

Andrew Duncan, managing director of Opus North, said: "This sizeable investment will bring more jobs to the area and more choice to shoppers.

"Our plans are in the early stages, and we will be consulting the community before we submit them - I look forward to speaking with residents over the coming weeks."

In November last year, the company was criticised for felling trees bordering Keighley Road. The trees were not protected and Guyson had first checked with the council, but it was criticised for changing the look of Keighley Road.

Malcolm Weaving, owner of The Rendezvous Hotel, opposite Snaygill, said he would be asking for mature trees to shield the development from view.

"I would rather have the stores than what is there now as long as we get some screening," he said.

Early assessments are currently taking place at the Keighley Road site ahead of the submission of plans, which could take place this summer. If its plans are approved, Guyson hopes to start work on its factory early in 2015, with work on the retail units coming later.

Residents and businesses close to the site, and councillors, have been contacted about the proposals and an exhibition of the plans will be held on Thursday, July 3 from 3pm to 7pm at Herriot's Hotel, Broughton Road.

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12:44pm Thu 26 Jun 14

willow_wanderer says...

I might object just out of principle that "Malcolm Weaving of Rendezvous Hotel, sudden owner of Skipton in its entireity" approves of it...its nothing to do with me, I dont live near it, but that didnt stop Malcom from launching a major campaign to stop similar proposals down the road at Carleton...nothing to do with competition to him obviously!

Annoyed joking aside, anything that brings employment to Skipton, and actual proper useful shops instead of cafes and charity shops is a positive step so good luck to them getting through planning.
I might object just out of principle that "Malcolm Weaving of Rendezvous Hotel, sudden owner of Skipton in its entireity" approves of it...its nothing to do with me, I dont live near it, but that didnt stop Malcom from launching a major campaign to stop similar proposals down the road at Carleton...nothing to do with competition to him obviously! Annoyed joking aside, anything that brings employment to Skipton, and actual proper useful shops instead of cafes and charity shops is a positive step so good luck to them getting through planning. willow_wanderer
  • Score: 18

4:56pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Skipton man says...

Sounds great.
I always said that if the proposed Sainsbury's site on Carleton new road had been a 'Do it all' instead of yet another food market, the proposals may not have been denied. Wickes is a good store and is what we are short of in Skipton.
Sounds great. I always said that if the proposed Sainsbury's site on Carleton new road had been a 'Do it all' instead of yet another food market, the proposals may not have been denied. Wickes is a good store and is what we are short of in Skipton. Skipton man
  • Score: 7

9:43pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Mart56 says...

It's great news for Skipton and the surrounding area, let's hope the plans get passed .
It's great news for Skipton and the surrounding area, let's hope the plans get passed . Mart56
  • Score: 6

10:25pm Tue 1 Jul 14

pk1001 says...

So the honorable respectable businessmen of Skipton one minute slam a commercial development earlier in the year..... "feared negative impact on the town centre".....and a few months later have no objection to a similar development. Wake up Craven Council , you are being had by small businessmen with big ego's who think they can control this little old town of ours.
So the honorable respectable businessmen of Skipton one minute slam a commercial development earlier in the year..... "feared negative impact on the town centre".....and a few months later have no objection to a similar development. Wake up Craven Council , you are being had by small businessmen with big ego's who think they can control this little old town of ours. pk1001
  • Score: 3

2:35pm Thu 3 Jul 14

skiptonm says...

Surely it is going to be difficult for the Council to welcome this scheme given that they rejected the scheme at Waltonwrays as it would have a negative impact on trade within the Town Centre. The same arguments for refusal of the latter still stand, and passing this planning application will likely lead to more trouble for the Council from the proposed developers of the site at Waltonwrays. Does the proprietor of Rendezvous not realise that by being in favour of this development, when he spoke out against the development at Waltonwrays he has completely contradicted himself?
Surely it is going to be difficult for the Council to welcome this scheme given that they rejected the scheme at Waltonwrays as it would have a negative impact on trade within the Town Centre. The same arguments for refusal of the latter still stand, and passing this planning application will likely lead to more trouble for the Council from the proposed developers of the site at Waltonwrays. Does the proprietor of Rendezvous not realise that by being in favour of this development, when he spoke out against the development at Waltonwrays he has completely contradicted himself? skiptonm
  • Score: 1

9:27pm Thu 10 Jul 14

crosshills curmudgeon says...

Any chance you can spell metre correctly?

I would be worried if, all of a sudden, all those square meters appeared. What would they be measuring, exactly?
Any chance you can spell metre correctly? I would be worried if, all of a sudden, all those square meters appeared. What would they be measuring, exactly? crosshills curmudgeon
  • Score: -1

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