Investment zone bids show ‘attack on nature’ claim unfounded says area’s MP.

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones has used a question in the House of Commons to demonstrate that the bids for investment zones in the Harrogate district will not harm the environment.

The three bids for greater investment are for:

  • Harrogate Convention Centre
  • The A1M junction 47 business park
  • Potters Business Park at junction 50 of the A1

Mr Jones said: “These are sites where we have existing commercial activity which were already earmarked for further investment. Investment zones give us the opportunity to lever in funding from the Government.

“I understand that individuals and some groups were concerned that the new investment zones would see the development of huge swathes of countryside. I would not have supported their introduction were that the case.

“But it is clear from the sites that are being brought forward that this is far from the case.”

You can watch the full clip of Mr Jones’ question below.