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Homes scheme for derelict tannery in Strensall, York
A DERELICT tannery in York which has been plagued by arsonists and vandals could be turned into 53 new homes.
Plans have been drawn up to create a housing estate on the site off Sheriff Hutton Road, in Strensall, which has been a regular target for antisocial behaviour since it stopped being used eight years ago.
The £5.24 million scheme proposed by David Wilson Homes would create a mixture of two, three, four and five-bedroom properties, with 13 available as affordable housing, which the developers said was needed in the Strensall area.
Villagers have spoken of their frustration at the state of the site, which suffered an estimated five arson attacks between 2005 and 2008, and said they were concerned about potential danger from asbestos and gas within the tannery building. In 2004, Leeds-based company Charles F Stead and Co Ltd, which owned the site at the time, was granted outline planning permission for a large business park, but the development did not come to fruition. In a statement sent to City of York Council as part of the planning application, David Wilson Homes said the scheme would create 43 new construction jobs, mostly for a “local workforce”, and bring £865,000 a year into the local economy through shopping and leisure spending by the house occupants.
“This level of investment will deliver a wide range of direct and indirect economic benefits to the village and the city of York, stimulating employment growth during and post-construction,” it said.
“The proposals will contribute to supporting a strong, vibrant and healthy community by providing a supply of housing which is required to meet the needs of present and future generations.
‘‘The development will deliver high-quality homes for local families and sustain local services and facilities by providing new retail and leisure expenditure.”
The company said despite the 2004 approval for the business park there had been no interest in developing it this way. A decision on the proposals is expected by the end of the year.