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Plan for 600 new houses near Sherburn-in-Elmet
PLANS to build almost 600 homes near a Selby village have been submitted to the council, only months after a similar scheme was rejected.
The previous scheme, to build 498 new homes in Sherburn-in-Elmet, was refused by the planning department of Selby District Council at a meeting in January, after a number of objections from the public and local residents.
Planning officers also identified a lack of primary school provision for new residents, and suggestions the size of the development would be against council policy. The new outline planning applications, which will go before the planning committee this summer, is a submission by Redrow Homes to create 598 new homes on land between Low Street and Moor Lane, and fund the “comprehensive redevelopment” of Athelstan Primary School.
Councillor Mike Jordan objected to the previous scheme, but said the new plans were a good move for the village, because the developer was now planning to fund improvements to local roads and services. He said: “It’s a much more positive step. I’m much more in favour of it.”
He said the devil was in the detail” and said a traffic survey would say how much the developer needed to contribute to local improvements, but he said: “A lot of work is being done by the parish at the moment about that.”
In the planning report, the developer claims the Government’s New Homes Bonus, which sees council tax for new homes matched from central funds, could benefit the council and its local services by £3.9 million if the development gets the green light, and further funding would be used to improve the local area, though a definite figure has not been determined.
The developers said they would aim to build 100 homes per year, creating up to 450 jobs each year, with additional jobs in construction, and up to 200 affordable homes and improved facilties in the Sherburn area. A decision on the latest submissions is due by July 19.