The scheme includes a riverside park and older peoples living. Credit: via Font Comms

Plans in for 400 Tadcaster homes

Gladman Developments and landowner Grimston Park Estate want to deliver Eleven Arches, an affordable homes-heavy scheme in a town that has seen only ripples of housebuilding in the last decade.

The submission of plans to North Yorkshire Council follows a consultation process this summer for the proposals.

Gladman’s professional team includes Pegasus Group, Stantec, Land Research Associates, Noise Consultants and Eddisons.

The plans include a mix of new homes and a riverside public park, along with more than 50,000 sq ft of specialist older persons’ accommodation, all a short walk from Tadcaster town centre.

Eleven Arches, to be delivered at land off Wetherby Road, is aimed at addressing what the scheme’s promoters describe as a “chronic local housing shortage which has stunted the town’s growth”.

According to the applicants, just 27 homes, including only two affordable homes, have been delivered in Tadcaster since 2011, forcing prospective homebuyers elsewhere.

The outline application seeks permission for:

  • Up to 410 high-quality new homes, with a range of types to meet local demand
  • Up to 40% to be affordable homes
  • Around 55,000 sq ft of specialist older persons’ accommodation to address local demand
  • A mobility hub including electric vehicle charging points, car club spaces and a school drop-off zone to support the neighbouring primary school
  • Extensive planting, landscaping, public open space and children’s play areas, creating a new riverside park
  • Measures to manage surface water and increase flood resilience

Every aspect of the plan is aimed at addressing issues faced by the town, Gladman said, from providing new affordable homes and addressing an identified need for new children’s play spaces; to delivering traffic-calming measures on Wetherby Road.

Gladman expects to generate an estimated £1.8m in Community Infrastructure Levy payments to be spent in Tadcaster, also suggesting the scheme would deliver in excess of £8m in council tax payments over 10 years.

Furthermore, the firm said, the main impact would be to address Tadcaster’s decline in the number of children, young people, those of working age and those employed in the town – a drain that threatens local services if not addressed.

Katherine Putnam, planning director at Gladman, said: “Tadcaster is a really good example of what happens when virtually no new homes are built. You see an aging population as young people and families leave, house prices rocketing and the hyper local economy taking a hit.

“We’re bringing forward a sustainable and considered plan aimed squarely at reversing those trends.

“Every aspect of the plans we’ve put forward responds to Tadcaster’s needs, from the 40% affordable homes to address a chronic local shortage to greatly increasing accessibility to open green spaces as part of the public park.

“Eleven Arches is not only aimed at helping people find a home and build a life in Tadcaster – something that’s currently really hard to do – but to inject more vitality into the town centre. Creating opportunities for more people and families to live in the town, spending time and money here, will ultimately shore up the future of local services and support local independent businesses to thrive.”

The plans are available on North Yorkshire Council’s website, with the application reference ZG2023/1299/EIA.

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