THE first £10m flats are set to be created in Harrogate.

The two penthouses – which The Sunday Times reported were likely to fetch £12m - are part of a £45m luxury housing complex.

The lucky owners will have a local corner shop selling Rolex and Louis Vuitton, 24/7 room service and a concierge on hand.

No doubt the concierge won’t be called upon to haul the weekly Tesco shop up the stairs. But should the lucky owners find themselves with aching arms from lifting Aldi bags into the car, there will be wellness spa offering cryotherapy for some luxury freezing of those aching muscles.

It's worth remembering the homes are being built because they will meet a demand.

For some time house prices in London have made the city seem like a different planet, with average family homes in many areas now in excess of a million pounds.

But could the jet-setting uber-rich - looking for a new bolthole - find what they are looking for in North Yorkshire?

Could we soon find ourselves watching billionaires fret over whether to have Moet or Krug with lunch before helicoptering back to London for a board meeting, while we watch on like a Dickens' Bob Cratchit? Let's hope not!

On a more familiar note, there was heartening news from Kirkby Malzeard, where the local community have put in a formal offer on the Henry Jenkins Inn, a 250-year-old pub. Not long ago the building had been due for demolition, but residents argued it was an important asset - a facility that bound the community together. There are plans to reopen it as a cafe, bistro, real ale pub, or as whatever else the community feels it needs.

People locally have already proved their determination to bring it to fruition by submitting their bid and create a facility that will bring something positive to village life, so Spectator is sure this project is bound for success.