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School planned for former Navy site

North Yorkshire County Council is to build a residential school for young people with special educational needs on a former Royal Navy training site.

The council bought the former HMS Forest Moor site near Harrogate for £4.7M in a deal negotiated by property consultants Drivers Jonas Deloitte for Defence Estates, responsible for Ministry of Defence land.

The Royal Navy had used the 8ha site to train radio officers before it was decommissioned in 2003.

“While it is a fairly unique property, HMS Forest Moor attracted a great deal of interest from a variety of potential occupiers,” said Drivers Jonas Deloitte assistant director David Powell.

“In the end it was the County Council, with the necessary requirement and vision, which was in the best position to take the site forward.”

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