Skipton could get new retail park

Artists' impression of the new retail park

Artists' impression of the new retail park

First published in News Craven Herald: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A WICKES DIY and Pets at Home have been revealed as part of a planned new retail park on the outskirts of Skipton.

If approved, the planned four new non-retail stores would take up part of the Guyson International factory site on Keighley Road - opposite the Rendezvous Hotel.

The stores would replace part of Guyson's existing factory buildings next to Keighley Road while the remaining part of the business would be extended.

The three phase development would start with the extension of the existing Guyson factory and work to the car park, followed by the partial demolition of the building next to Keighley Road, and finally the building of the new stores.

The joint application, between family firm Guyson, and Ilkley based developers, Opus North, is now under consideration by Craven District Council following a public exhibition last month.

But Malcolm Weaving, owner of the Rendezvous Hotel, said he had concerns because of what he felt was the park's potentially damaging impact on the town centre.

"I am not in favour of this development and believe all the pros and cons need to be carefully debated before a decision is made," he said.

Opus North and Guyson say the development will safeguard the future of Guyson, which designs and makes specialist cleaning equipment, has a world-wide reputation and recently celebrated its 75th anniversary.

The £6.5 million investment would protect more than 100 current jobs and create up to 50 more.

Around 95 per cent of those who attended last month's public exhibition of the plans gave their support.

"We are delighted that local residents share their enthusiasm for the scheme," said Andrew Duncan, managing director of Opus North.

"We believe our proposals would be good for both residents and businesses and that by bringing a store like Wickes to Skipton we would address a local need."

And James Thompson, managing director of Guyson International, said he had been encouraged by the response to the plans.

"These proposals are essential to allow Guyson to be more efficient and productive and will help to ensure that our Skipton site remains a centre of excellence, exporting all over the world, and most importantly, allow us to protect existing jobs."

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6:21pm Mon 1 Sep 14

JPD123 says...

Surely this should not be allowed, the proposed Sainsburys and industrial park was not allowed so whats different with this? OK its smaller but still competition for Merritt and Fryers. Maybe they might like comment instead of the ever self-interested Mr Weaving....

Why is a Wickes needed when the Do it all closed and is now yet another pound shop/low value addition and is that not in the town centre, surely all the do-gooders would like to object to those type of shops?

If Craven Council remain consistent they will refuse the application.
Surely this should not be allowed, the proposed Sainsburys and industrial park was not allowed so whats different with this? OK its smaller but still competition for Merritt and Fryers. Maybe they might like comment instead of the ever self-interested Mr Weaving.... Why is a Wickes needed when the Do it all closed and is now yet another pound shop/low value addition and is that not in the town centre, surely all the do-gooders would like to object to those type of shops? If Craven Council remain consistent they will refuse the application. JPD123
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7:30am Tue 2 Sep 14

pk1001 says...

"I would rather have the stores than what is there now as long as we get some screening" now let me try to recall who it was who said this as quoted in the Craven Herald only but 2 months ago. Certainly gets ones mind thinking about certain individuals motives in the lovely town of ours!!
"I would rather have the stores than what is there now as long as we get some screening" now let me try to recall who it was who said this as quoted in the Craven Herald only but 2 months ago. Certainly gets ones mind thinking about certain individuals motives in the lovely town of ours!! pk1001
  • Score: 12

7:54pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Skipton man says...

Why would Wickes or a pet store store impact on any business in the town centre? Merritt and friers are more trade oriented than DIY, and there's no other pet store as such. Bring it on I say, we need more diversity of shopping outlets in Skipton instead of the usual nick nacks and infestation of charity shops. Also Mr weaving is, I'm sure more interested in the view from the hotel than any impact on other Skipton businesses.
Why would Wickes or a pet store store impact on any business in the town centre? Merritt and friers are more trade oriented than DIY, and there's no other pet store as such. Bring it on I say, we need more diversity of shopping outlets in Skipton instead of the usual nick nacks and infestation of charity shops. Also Mr weaving is, I'm sure more interested in the view from the hotel than any impact on other Skipton businesses. Skipton man
  • Score: 15
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