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Plans submitted for £200m housing development in Selby

Plans submitted for £200m housing development in Selby
Plans have been submitted for a £200 million development in Selby, North Yorkshire, which will feature 1,000 homes, sporting facilities and shops.

The Olympia Park blueprint for the east of the town has been handed in by BOCM Pauls and will transform over 200 acres of former industrial land into a new urban gateway.

Plans were first put together for this region of Selby in 2003 and they include retention of the existing feed mill. A bridge over the Leeds-Hull railway line will be built, while access will come from the Selby by-pass.

Adrian Spawforth, project architect and managing director of Spawforths, said: "The challenges of this project include creating a development which will sit sympathetically within the medieval and historic context of the area, and also one which satisfies the needs of the residents of Selby.

"Hopefully the fact that we have moved from Masterplan one to Masterplan 12 over the course of the last 18 months shows that we are listening and trying to find practical solutions to community concerns."

Public consultation on the project has now been launched to gauge opinion.

The land in question has had problems in the past with flooding from the nearby River Ouse. The last major flood was back in 2000, however, the development will be able to go ahead as long as it contains various flood prevention measures.

This could include an integrated surface water disposal system, while additional capacity will be required at the Barlby Waste Water Treatment Works.

A vision statement on the Olympia Park website states that the development will "deliver an attractive and sustainable new eastern gateway to Selby". As well as new homes, it will provide "access to green space and local job opportunities for existing and future generations".

Selby is just 12 miles south of York and bases much of its history and previous wealth on its shipbuilding past.

It was an important port because of the Selby Canal, where trade was brought in from the nearby city of Leeds.

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Date: 14/06/2012 15:21:00

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