A 10-WEEK public consultation has been launched on proposals setting out where new housing and business developments will take place within towns and villages in the Selby district.
Selby District Council is inviting views on its Site Allocations Development Plan Document (SADPD), which outlines planned future growth for the borough between now and 2026, after the proposals were approved at a full council meeting last week.
Among the towns and villages in the Wetherby area featured in the document are Tadcaster, Sherburn-in-Elmet, Church Fenton, South Milford and Ulleskelf.
Executive member Coun John Mackman, who presented the SADPD to the council meeting, said: “This is just the next stage in the long process of ensuring our proposals meet the needs of our residents.
“The SADPD looks at exactly where we can deliver the new homes we need and how we can support businesses to grow in our district – it’ll ensure we have a clear plan for development up to 2026.”
The SADPD states 4,864 new dwellings need to be built in the Selby district by 2026.
And it says 457 of these should be accommodated in Tadcaster, 42 in Church Fenton, 98 in South Milford, 15 in Ulleskelf, and 498 in Sherburn-in-Elmet.
Selby District Council says its preferred option for Sherburn-in-Elmet is to have the 498 dwellings spread across various sites.
Its plans are for 16 north-west of the roundabout where the A162 and B1222 meet (south of Moor Lane), 200 at land enclosed by the A162 and Hodgson’s Lane at the northern edge of the village, around 150 units accessed by Carousel Walk and Fairfield Link, and around 132 east of Low Street.
But last week an outline planning application was submitted on behalf of Redrow Homes Yorkshire and Persimmon Homes Yorkshire to build 498 homes on the land between Low Street and Moor Lane.
This is deemed as a more-concentrated development than Selby District Council’s preferred option.
Both the SADPD and the outline planning application were on the agenda at the meeting of Sherburn-in-Elmet Parish Council on Monday where it was decided a public meeting would be held to gauge the views of villagers before the council formed an opinion on the two proposals.
The public meeting will take place at the Eversley Park Centre, on Low Street, on Thursday, October 6, at 7pm.
The parish council will be inviting both Selby District Council planning officials and representatives of Redrow Homes Yorkshire and Persimmon Homes Yorkshire to attend.
During the run-up to the publication of the SADPD, district representative Coun Mike Jordan held a surgery in August to seek opinions of residents and allow villagers to see what plans Selby District Council had for the development of Sherburn-in-Elmet.
“The views were mixed but to some degree they didn’t want any more houses but if they were to get more houses in the village, they wanted more services,” he said.
“If you get more houses in a village you get more demand on all the services so there will have to be some finances made available.”
Coun Jordan said possible improvements in services for Sherburn-in-Elmet could be the building of a sports facility or a revamp of Sherburn High School’s swimming pool.
The consultation on the SADPD will be based primarily online at the www.selby.gov.uk website until Friday, December 2.
After this, the results of the consultation will be returned to the executive and councillors of Selby District before it is submitted to the Secretary of State for consideration.
The document will then be subject to further inspection by the public before it can be adopted.