A PLAN to build more than 700 houses in Sherburn-in-Elmet could help save a threatened swimming pool in the village, a local counciilor has said.
Plans to build 720 houses in two separate housing schemes were submitted to North Yorkshire County Council earlier this year.
Now North Yorkshire county councillor Mike Jordan (Sherburn, Cons), says he and local councillors are hoping to secure leisure investment in the village as a condition for building the houses between Low Street and Moor Lane.
Coun Jordan said meetings were held this month to discuss the funding of leisure and sports facilities, including Sherburn High swimming pool, which has been under-threat from closure.
The pool had been running at a loss of around £13,000 per year since funding was withdrawn by North Yorkshire County Council in 2010.
Coun Jordan said one of the most important conditions of his support for the project would be to provide a link road between Moor Lane and Low Street to help reduce traffic.
He said: “I will only support this proposal if they provide the required link road and if there is something in it for Sherburn.”
Coun Jordan, who said this was the only scheme on the table” at the moment, said he also wanted other leisure facilities to be developed at Sherburn High School for the local community to use.
“We also want to develop the leisure facilities, as well as the swimming pool, we want to provide other sports facilities for community use and for out of school hours.”
Coun Jordan added: “It makes absolute sense to have the swimming pool and leisure facilities in Sherburn, rather than people travelling a great distance to Tadcaster or Selby.”
The councillor added he would also like to secure funding to “cheer up” the village under the scheme.
Leading house builders Redrow and Persimmon Homes have included the required link road in the new planning proposals.
An earlier housing scheme was rejected by North Yorkshire County Council in 2011 because it failed to provide this.
It also includes a proposal to increase the size of Athelstan Primary School, to build larger playing fields and to create a road into Low Street, to reduce traffic off New Lane and Rose Avenue.
The two separate planning application’s will go before planning chiefs in September and will be considered together, Coun Mike Jordan added.