Housing boost for Thorp Arch

The main street in Thorp Arch.
The main street in Thorp Arch.

THE Wetherby News can this week reveal plans for a major new housing development that could see up to 1,150 houses built on Thorp Arch Estate, trebling the population of the area.

Under proposals currently being drawn up by developers, a primary school, shuttle bus service and play area would also be developed on what is now Wetherby’s largest retail park.

The retail and leisure complex, which formed part of the former Royal Ordnance Factory during the Second World War, is currently home to around 140 businesses which employ around 4,000 people.

The communities of Thorp Arch, Walton and Boston Spa have now joined forces to raise their concerns over the proposals. Sheila Humphreys, chairman of Thorp Arch parish council, said she was concerned about the size of the development, the increase in traffic and the impact on the rural setting of the villages.

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