Former prison step closer to release date

Hambleton District Council Chief Executive Justin Ives, left, and Wykeland Group Managing Director Dominic Gibbons inside a cell block which will be incorporated within the redevelopment of the former Northallerton Prison site.
Hambleton District Council Chief Executive Justin Ives, left, and Wykeland Group Managing Director Dominic Gibbons inside a cell block which will be incorporated within the redevelopment of the former Northallerton Prison site.
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A formal legal agreement has been signed to enable the redevelopment of a former prison in Northallerton.

Hambleton District Council and Hull-based regeneration company Wykeland Group have formed the Central Northallerton Development Company, a joint venture vehicle to drive forward the North Yorkshire town’s regeneration scheme.

The new company aims to deliver a wide-ranging regeneration of the 3.5 acre site. Proposals for the disused site include retail units, managed workspaces, a heritage centre, apartments, restaurants, a cinema and an area for public events.

Dominic Gibbons, managing director at Wykeland, said: “With the formal structures for the development company in place we can now move forward together to deliver this very exciting scheme. We’re really looking forward to working closely with the local authority’s members and officers to bring an important part of Northallerton’s heritage back to life and deliver significant economic and community benefits to the town and its people.

“We’re currently working up detailed plans for a planning application to be submitted in the first quarter of 2018. Although the development is in its early stages, we have had significant interest from commercial operators who recognise the potential of this project.”

In preparation for the mixed-use development, a number of buildings have been demolished and archaeological works have been carried out, during which foundations for the world’s largest treadmill unearthed.

Five listed buildings have been retained, including the former female prison wing and the Governor’s House. These buildings will be refurbished and incorporated into the phased development of the site.