WORK to extend the hoarding around a former prison will cause the felling of trees.

Hoarding around the former Northallerton prison site will take in the garden which lies close to the listed buildings.

Plants and fencing are being offered to Northallerton-based charity Northdale Horticulture, but the trees are not savable and will be felled over the coming weeks.

The changes pave the way for more archaeological work this spring when members of York Archaeological Trust will be on site to look again at excavations undertaken in 2017, and will excavate close to the original prison wall by the garden.

The prison site is now owned by Central Northallerton Development Company Ltd (CNDCL) – a partnership between Hambleton District Council and the Wykeland Group of Hull.

It is drawing-up designs for redevelopment with a pre-planning consultation and a planning application expected later this year.

The application is likely to include shops, managed workspace, apartments, restaurants, a cinema, heritage centre and a quadrangle for public events.