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Northern Powerhouse Minister visits development sites in Selby

Jake Berry MP Selby visit

1:23pm 13th February 2018
(Updated 1:46pm 13th February 2018)

Three of the Selby district’s strategic sites for new business development and new homes have been visited by Jake Berry, the Government Minister for the Northern Powerhouse.

He was accompanied by Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty, who had organized the visit to showcase business opportunities in the district.

Jake Berry, toured the Sherburn2 development and saw at first-hand how nearly £9m of new government funding will help unlock the development of around 1,000 new homes and significant new business space at Olympia Park.

He then visited Drax and met with Andy Koss, Chief Executive where ambitious plans to convert the last remaining coal powered generators to gas.

Sherburn2 and Olympia Park are two of the Selby district’s prime development opportunities – both are part of an expanding local economy and will support the district’s position as the fastest-growing area in North Yorkshire.

Sherburn2 is a 75-acre site with direct links onto the A1(M).

It's next to the existing successful Sherburn Park, whose occupiers include Debenhams, Sainsbury’s, Optare, Eddie Stobart, Kingspan and Legal & General Homes.

With its strategic location and enormous potential to grow the Selby District economy, the project was kick-started with £3.1m in infrastructure funding from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership and Government’s Growing Places’ Fund.

Sherburn2 is one of the most significant new development sites in Yorkshire, both in terms of the jobs it will create and the inward investment it will attract.

At Olympia Park, meanwhile, the government has agreed to invest nearly £9m on new infrastructure, including a new link road to the site, to kick start the development. This followed a bid for the funding from the District Council, supported by the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership and the local MP.

Speaking at the visit, Jake Berry MP, explained,

“The government’s backing new investment across the region, through practical help such as funding for infrastructure improvements at sites like Olympia Park. Targeted funding like this will unlock significant new investment to create jobs and new opportunities.”

Selby and Ainsty MP, Nigel Adams, added,

“I invited the minister to see some of our strategic development sites which all form part of the ambitious plans for the Northern Powerhouse.

The three projects we visited will all create new business opportunities and jobs. The Government has an important role in this and I am delighted that Jake Berry accepted my invitation to visit and saw the progress we are making and the role played by the local council, the LEP and others.”

Leader of Selby District Council, Cllr Mark Crane, explained what the sites offer for new investors,

“Our strengths for business here in the Selby district are our fantastic road and rail connections, the affordability of our business space, our workforce skills and the fact that we have a growing population.

We’ve got two very different development sites – one offering significant new business space and the other a site for major new housing – but both will help us to deliver new job opportunities and growth. Ultimately this benefits everyone in the area.”




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