Johnsons of Whixley group managing director Graham Richardson has issued the following statement relating to development plans in the local area and the company’s overall role within those plans:
“Land in the Hammerton and Cattall areas has been identified in Harrogate Borough Council’s plan as having potential for a new settlement development. This is in response to a mounting lack of housing in the area.
“Some of this land belongs to Johnsons of Whixley Ltd.
“We would like to make it clear that Johnsons of Whixley has no current agreement with any developer or land promoter, but has had dialogue regarding a number of site proposals that are currently being considered by Harrogate Borough Council.
“All discussions have recognised not only the successful nature of our business, but also its long association with the area, on a commercial and personal level.
“A basic prerequisite would be the relocation of the existing business to a new site within the area.
“This would ensure the maintenance of all current full time job roles and herald the beginning of a new chapter of growth, as new purpose-built facilities would aid automation and introduce efficiency not possible on existing sites.
“As we approach 100 years in business, Johnsons of Whixley and the Richardson family have no intention of ceasing trading, and look forward to the next 100 years with increased optimism.”
Posted 23rd May 2017