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New Homes Plan for Tadcaster


3:08pm 18th January 2013

Selby District Council has taken a step towards supporting Tadcaster to realise its full potential with agreement to seek planning permission for a development of new affordable homes in the town.

Unlocking the potential of the town is the key driver for a group comprising a range of community organisation looking to 'tackle the tough stuff' in the district. Historically, key housing and business development has faced a number of obstacles and the aim of this work is to ensure that homes and commercial opportunities are supported to the full.

The Council's Executive has now agreed to look at developing an area of land at St Joseph's Street to build new affordable homes. The land is owned by the Council and is close to the town centre. Not only could the development provide much needed new housing, but it could also help to improve the look and feel of this part of the town.

The Council wants to support sustainable development in Tadcaster to help with housing and economic growth. To do so, the authority has been looking at its assets in the town, to ensure that the best use is being made of available land. The authority is also working alongside the Tadcaster & Villages Community Engagement Forum, which brings together a range of organisations and interested groups delivering services in the area.

Selby District Council Executive member and Tadcaster councillor, Chris Metcalfe, explained, "This proposed development is part of a much larger piece of work to give a long-term boost to the town. 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.

"We need to think big - because Tadcaster has a lot of potential to be a really thriving town: a place to aspire to. But to deliver on the bigger picture we need to take smaller steps along the way, and this is one of them. With this development we want to re-invigorate a particular part of the town centre."

Now agreement has been reached to seek planning permission, further work will now take place to look at the funding of the development and its long-term management. Selby District Council is looking into the possibility of creating a housing trust to support new affordable homes across the district, and this development could form part of this work.

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