An outline planning application for the development of a landmark sustainable community to the south west of Selby has been submitted to North Yorkshire Council for consideration.
Banks Property is looking to create an integrated extension to the village of Eggborough, which would offer new low carbon homes, enhanced local transport links, a new primary school and nursery, assisted living units, new areas of accessible public open space, other local services and a range of environmental benefits.
The family firm launched the Eggborough project at the beginning of the year, and has since undertaken a range of pre-application consultation activities across the local community, including two events at which members of the Banks project team answered queries and listened to ideas about their proposals from local residents and businesses.
After factoring this local feedback into its proposals, the project team has now finalised and put forward its outline planning submission, with further community consultation activities currently being planned for the coming months.
The Eggborough development, which is being developed in line with the emerging Selby Local Plan, would see up to 1,500 energy efficient properties of all types being built on a 70-hectare site to the west of the village.
It would be close to the growing Core 62 and Konect 62 employment hubs, thus providing new housing options for people and businesses looking to move to the area, and would include the creation of a network of high quality, green open spaces with a variety of wildlife habitats within the site.
Banks is also looking at options for improving levels of rail and bus connectivity in the area which would complement the existing local road infrastructure.
Around 295 full-time jobs would be supported on the Eggborough site during its construction period, with a further 370 jobs being indirectly supported through substantial investment in the regional supply chain.
Jamilah Hassan, community relations manager at the Banks Group, says: “This site is included in the draft Selby Local Plan as a housing-led location and offers the opportunity to create a landmark development that will help Eggborough continue to thrive for decades to come.
“We’ve worked hard to share as much information as possible about our ideas across local communities over the last few months and we’re grateful to all those who’ve taken the time to speak to our team about them.
“Increasing the local and regional supply of quality housing will help to attract people to live and work here, which will in turn support the development of the local economy, while ensuring there is affordable quality housing will also mean that everyone can access the housing ladder, most especially local younger people and families who want to move to or stay in the area.
“We are looking to create a high quality, well-connected and sustainable extension to Eggborough which will deliver a wide range of benefits to the local community, the local economy and the local environment, and will continue to work with local residents, businesses and community leaders in the coming months as the project progresses.”
Banks Property is part of the County Durham-headquartered Banks Group, which has a long track record of successful Yorkshire developments across all its divisions, including four onshore wind farms and successful property schemes in Harrogate, Sheffield and Leeds.
For further information on the Eggborough project, please visit www.banksgroup.co.uk/eggborough