Camouflage cuts no ice with cold store protesters

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Protesters are ranged against a proposed 220,000 sq ft of new cold stores at Boroughbridge near the A1(M). On one side, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Roecliffe Parish Council and Boroughbridge Town Council are protesting against the scheme. The Town Council is critical of light pollution from the cold stores caused by floodlighting for night-time operation. On the other side is Harrogate Town Council’s economic development unit and the scheme’s proposer, Reed Boardall.
Cold storage giant Reed Boardall is already appealing against the refusal of planning permission for a 133,440 sq ft store next to the five it already has off Bar Lane, Roecliffe, near Boroughbridge. Now it is proposing to add an 87,316 sq ft extension with an overall height of 62ft on a 7.4-acre site to the south of an existing store.
The company plans to use a variety of colours to camouflage the new buildings. But the parish council has rejected this on the grounds that Reed Boardall’s buildings are already impacting on the rural nature of the area. Meanwhile, Harrogate planners are recommending approval.

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