Site of major Selby development goes on the market

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Part of the site of a major housing development that will form “an important gateway” to Selby has gone up for sale.

The Olympia Park development, which will create 863 homes on land on Barlby Road, is one of the north’s largest mixed development sites with planning permission to come on the market in recent time, said estate agents Savills Leeds.

The development, which includes lands for a link road, care home, a new school, football pitches, allotments and a neighbourhood centre, was as given full planning permission for part of the area and outline permission for the rest by Selby District Council in January.

The site is currently owned by animal feed manufacturer BOCM PAULS Ltd, who run a mill on part of the land. It will continue to operate once the site is under development.

Development manager Richard Cooper said they had already had interest in the site.

He added: “This project has been worked on for over 10 years. Marketing the site really is the culmination of the project, now that we have got the planning consent.”

Simon Douglas, residential development director at Savills, said: “We expect the land at Olympia Park will appeal to national house builders, while an infrastructure partner may also be sought to ensure roads are realised to cater for the new homes and employment land.”

Olympia Park has already been included within Selby’s Local Plan for residential development and the site’s section 106 agreement, which agrees on homes and facilities for local people, is expected to be finalised shortly by Selby District Council and the landowners.

Mary Weastell, chief executive of Selby District Council, said the development would boost job opportunities, deliver new homes and “much needed facilities for local people and access to employment land for the future of our town.”

She added: “The site is an important gateway into Selby and its development will improve first impressions of our town for residents and visitors alike.”