500 home plan up for debate

More than 140 people attended a packed public meeting last week over proposals for nearly 500 houses to be built in Sherburn-in-Elmet.

The public meeting, which took place at Eversley Park Centre on Low Street, was a public consultation in which two proposed developments for nearly 500 houses were discussed.

It was part of a 10-week public consultation launched by Selby District Council on its Site Allocations Development Plan Document (SADPD) which outlines housing plans and future growth for the Selby borough between now and 2026. Among towns and villages in the Wetherby area featured in the document are Tadcaster, Sherburn-in-Elmet, Church Fenton and Ulleskelf.

Selby District Council says its preferred option for Sherburn-in-Elmet is to have 498 houses spread across various sites including Hodgson Lane, Carousal Walk and Fairfield Lane.

But last week a planning application was submitted on behalf on Redrow Homes Yorkshire and Persimmon Homes Yorkshire to build 498 homes between Low street and Moor Lane.

Coun Bob Packham, who chaired the meeting last Thursday, said: “The meeting was very well attended and people had some interesting and sensible questions. We will now go away and discuss the meeting and will decide what happens next- and whether we are going to support the proposals or not. People raised a number of issues, including questions about how such a small village would deal with an increase in traffic from the development. There is only one route into Sherburn so if this plan goes ahead, we would need to have a serious discussions about this.”

Coun Packham said at the monthly parish council meeting on Monday the council will make known its a position known, declining to tell the Wetherby News whether they will support the proposals.

Coun Packham said: “We are currently going through the questionnaire and people’s responses at present, and will report our finding back to the parish council on Monday.”

In attendance at the meeting were Selby District Council planning officials and representatives from Redrow Homes Yorkshire and Persimmon Homes Yorkshire who gave a presentation on their proposals. Coun Packham added that a questionnaire filled in by people who attended the meeting will now be carefully considered before the Parish Council makes a view on whether to support the proposals or not.

Selby District councillor Coun Mike Jordan, (Cons, Sherburn-in-Elmet) said the proposals presented both challenges and opportunities for the village. He said: “This proposal will make Sherburn a very big village and the second most populated in the Selby District. It’s a challenge as there is opposition to more houses, we haven’t the means to service all these homes and the centre will just get even more congested. It’s an opportunity as locally there could be strings attached to bring more services. Those representing the area need the views from the local population as to what those services could be.

“Examples of this could be a sports hall/recreational centre, work to improve the centre of the village, possibly beefing up the swimming pool at the High School for better access, a nice big car park more allotments. The list is endless and needs to be considered.”

The monthly parish council meeting will be held at 7pm on Monday in the Harry Mountain Room at Eversley Park Centre on Low Street with members of the public welcome to attend.

The consultation on the SADPD can be viewed at www.selbygov.co.uk.

l Meanwhile Selby District Council has agreed to release significant further land in a bid to re-invigorate housing development across whole of the district and maintain a vital five-year housing land supply. At a meeting of the Council earlier this month, Councillors agreed to the move which will see additional land released for housing development across the district.

Executive member, Coun John Mackman, said: “This move will hopefully kick-start development across the entire Selby district and is a practical way in which we can support jobs and the economic recovery of our area.

“It is vital that we stimulate growth wherever possible and we believe the planning system can provide a useful springboard to help regenerate the econom“It also supports our priority of Working with partners to secure a sustainable and long-term economic recovery for our community.

“We want to do everything we can to ensure that homes are available for those who need them and to support the economy of the district. The alternative would have been to do nothing and allow planning applications on ‘windfall’ sites to continue to come forward in an unplanned and unstructured way. This option will see us release the remaining sites, planned for and identified in the current 2005 Selby District Local Plan.

“It’s important to remember, however, that housing numbers stated are indicative not absolute, and that the final numbers and densities will be established in due course through the normal planning application process.”

The sites identified for release include the following: STM/1(B) Land at Lund Syke Lane, South Milford 98: SHB/1(B) Low Street, Sherburn in Elmet 282: TAD/2 Station Road, Tadcaster 104