Harrogate Spring Water will not appeal the decision taken by Harrogate Borough Council earlier this year to refuse plans for its expansion.
Instead, Harrogate Spring Water will consult with the community before submitting a new planning application to benefit the town and its natural environment.
Local councillor Sam Gibbs (Valley Gardens ward) welcomed the news saying: “The Harrogate Spring Water application generated considerable public interest when it was considered earlier in the year. I am pleased that Harrogate Spring Water will not be appealing the decision to refuse a further extension. I hope that provides some reassurance to residents who were concerned about the loss of public access to the Rotary Woods.
“It’s also important to remember that Harrogate Spring Water already has approval to extend their premises which was granted back in 2017 and I know residents will welcome a dialogue on this proposal.”
Details of the proposed application will be shared widely in the coming weeks.
James Cain, managing director of Harrogate Spring Water, said: “We care passionately about acting in the best interests of Harrogate, its people and its natural environment. And that’s why we listen to the community.
“Our vision is to create a sustainable future for our business as one that supports high quality jobs, drives prosperity in the town and looks after nature.
“We’ve taken on board the feedback on our original expansion plans. Now we’ll continue to engage with the community – actively seeking views on a revised plan that responds to people’s concerns and ambitions.
“We’ll also be clear in explaining our rationale, and why we believe this move is important from an environmental and economic perspective.
“We’ll provide a further update in the coming weeks.”