Council Plans To Tidy Up Tadcaster
6:01am 25th June 2013
(Updated 7:16am 25th June 2013)
Selby District Council has backed plans to redevelop a building in Tadcaster as part of its work to create a more vibrant town centre.
The Council's Executive has supported the plans to transform the empty former Council office at 43 Kirkgate and provide a combination of retail space and affordable housing.
The costs associated with this change of use planning application will be met from the Council's Programme for Growth campaign - a multi-million pounds investment in the things that matter most to the community, to support jobs growth, develop housing and infrastructure and support retail development.
Under the plans the dilapidated building will be developed into three apartments along with the retail space on the ground floor. A business case is being developed to look at the full costs and implications of renovation and the projected rental income the project could bring.
Selby District Council Executive member and Tadcaster councillor, Chris Metcalfe, explained: "This is an important part of our work to tackle buildings and land that look neglected in the town.
"If we can create a sense of vibrancy in the town it will inevitably lift people's belief in the town centre, increase football and ultimately boost the 'look and feel' of the town. All of which supports our local businesses.
"This move follows hard on the heels of our plans develop three affordable homes on an area of land at St Joseph's Street to provide in total six much needed affordable homes in heart of town centre."
The authority has also been working alongside the Tadcaster & Villages Community Engagement Forum, which brings together a range of organisations and interested groups delivering services in the area.
Cllr Metcalfe, added, "The Council is working alongside the community, through the Tadcaster & Villages Forum, to look at how to kick-start new development where it's needed to support local people and local businesses."
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