We answer some of your frequently asked questions

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Last year we held our first stage of consultation on Eleven Arches Tadcaster. We had a fantastic response, with lots of people attending events and submitting their feedback both in person and online. We’re now busy working up the next level of detail on the masterplan.

Whilst we do, we thought it would be helpful to share some of the common questions we’ve been asked and our initial response …

What’s the initial plan for the Eleven Arches site?

We’re looking at ways for Eleven Arches to deliver up to 500 much-needed new homes, a new public riverside park for Tadcaster, as well as community facilities, such as a shop or mobility hub. As the site’s within a short walk of Tadcaster centre, we think there’s a real opportunity for Eleven Arches to be a logical extension to Tadcaster, one that supports existing services, businesses and helps create a
flourishing town centre.

Why is it being proposed here and why is it needed?

In short, the town needs new homes. In the last decade, only 25 homes have been built in Tadcaster.

This has meant that young people are being forced to leave the area to buy or rent homes in surrounding villages or further afield – making it difficult for people to either move to or stay in Tadcaster.

The lack of homes has led to a lack of growth and opportunities, with recorded drops in the number of children, young people and people working in the town compared to increases elsewhere in the district and nationally.

What types of homes are planned and will there be some affordable housing?

Our research shows a real lack of affordable homes in Tadcaster. Our early ideas are to provide a good mix of homes that respond to what’s needed locally.

We’re working through the detail and your suggestions and are considering homes ideal for first time buyers, larger family homes and homes specifically for elderly people.

40% of the homes will be affordable homes to buy or rent. That’s double the emerging affordable housing requirement of 20% which Selby District Council are proposing through their new Local Plan.

What green space will there be?

Eleven Arches is a rare opportunity to increase and improve the publicly accessible green, open spaces in Tadcaster for residents and visitors to enjoy.

We’re planning for over two-thirds of the site to be devoted to a new riverside public park, enhancing wildlife and biodiversity and creating stunning places for recreation and relaxation.

With walking and cycling routes through to the town centre, we’re exploring how the park could provide a memorable and distinctive community space with points of interest such as:

What other facilities are planned?

We’re looking at what community facilities we could include for the benefit of existing and new residents.

We’re currently thinking about a new local grocery store, a mobility hub with EV charging points and cycle parking as well as new cycling and walking routes.

Is the site in the Green Belt?

Yes. The Leeds Green Belt, put in place to limit the city’s outward expansion, borders Tadcaster’s western edge. The Green Belt has heavily constrained the growth of Tadcaster, with areas that are not Green Belt often susceptible to flooding.

We’re proposing a new Green Belt boundary, partially releasing land to provide a logical, coherent extension of the town. Our plans will also seek to enhance land remaining within the Green Belt alongside greatly improving public access to new areas of open space.

As part of the planning process, we’ll need to demonstrate very special circumstances for this, which we believe there are.

Is the site likely to flood?

We know how important an issue this is for Tadcaster. We are not proposing any homes on land that’s at risk of flooding (I.e. Flood Zones 2 and 3).

Our team of drainage experts are working on designs to carefully manage the movement of water around the site, considering not only current water levels, but also the predicted impact of climate change.

Our work on Eleven Arches will show how part of the site – the area with no proposed development alongside the river’s edge – will be enhanced, with better management of water within the functional floodplain.

Are you considering transport?

Yes. We’ve got a team of transport experts looking at options of how to gain access and get around the site. Our initial idea is for a new roundabout on Wetherby Road, which will not only serve the site, but act as a traffic calming measure for vehicles entering the town to reduce their speed.

As part of the work to support the planning application, we’re also looking at how we can link Eleven Arches with the existing public transport network, local footways, footpaths and cycle routes. We are also considering how congestion could be eased around the neighbouring school drop off and pick up times.

Have you considered the impact on local services?

Our studies show there’s currently space at existing primary and secondary schools and that doctors have capacity locally. However, we are aware that some community facilities, such as the swimming pool, are in need of more visitors and financial support which could be provided through the development of Eleven Arches.

What about empty properties in Tadcaster?

We want to see Tadcaster be a flourishing and vibrant town. Given the lack of housing delivered over the years, there is demand for both existing properties to be brought back into use as well as new homes.

We believe that by new housing growth and increasing footfall in the town there is the opportunity to increase demand to bring back the derelict properties for both housing and commercial uses. However, we only have control over the Eleven Arches site, and are not responsible for existing vacant properties in Tadcaster.

How do I stay up to date and have my say?

Our first stage of consultation is now closed, however we’re planning another stage in early 2023 where there’ll be further opportunities to look at the plans and let us know your views.

In the meantime, you can still follow our social channels and website for the latest updates, as well as get in touch directly with the Project team. All the details of how to get in touch are here.

What happens next?

We’ll be speaking with the community again in 2023 before submitting a planning application in the spring. We anticipate that delivery of the site could get underway in 2025.

How do I register an interest in the homes at Eleven Arches?

It’s early days, but people are already registering their interest in living at Eleven Arches, Tadcaster. You can express an interest online here.

Locals to get say on future of Tadcaster

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People in Tadcaster are being encouraged to have their say on the future of the town as a consultation is launched on plans for a new development, Eleven Arches. Located within a short walk of Tadcaster centre, on land off Wetherby Road and next to the River Wharfe, Eleven Arches is a new proposal to deliver sustainable growth for the town.

Since 2011, only 25 new homes have been built in Tadcaster meaning that young people are leaving the area to buy houses in surrounding villages or further afield. Eleven Arches could deliver up to 500 high quality homes, providing real housing choice for people at every stage of life, alongside a new 51 acre riverside park. This would support a flourishing town centre with more customers to support local businesses and grow the community. The initial vision for the site includes:

  • Up to 500 high quality homes, from private purchase to rent and from starter and affordable homes to larger family homes and homes for the elderly
  • A new riverside public park with new relaxing spaces for families to spend time and points of interest such as viewing spots, fitness and nature trails and play areas
  • Community facilities including a new grocery store and a mobility hub with cycle parking, electric vehicle charging points, and new drop-off points for the neighbouring Riverside Primary School, helping ease existing congestion
  • A new gateway to Tadcaster from the north
  • New cycling and walking routes providing access from Eleven Arches to nearby shops and facilities

The plans are being brought forward by Gladman Developments Ltd who is working with the Grimston Park Estate who own the land.

Katherine Putnam, Planning Director at Gladman, said:

“We’d like to start a conversation on the future of Tadcaster and how Eleven Arches could support the town’s growth. The town is full of potential but a lack of housing choice means people are having to move out to places like Boston Spa which are thriving. Bringing more people to live in Tadcaster is essential to regenerating the town with increased footfall supporting local businesses and helping the town to flourish.

Currently there’s only a small area of the site that’s open to the public by the river but that often floods. Our vision would see over two-thirds of the site left as green space which would be open to the public as a new riverside park for Tadcaster. With viewing spots, fitness and nature trials and play areas it would become a relaxing and tranquil space to spend time, just a few minutes’ walk away from the town centre.

“We’re at an early stage of developing the plans and want to know what your hopes and aspirations are for Tadcaster so please get involved in the conversation and let us know what you think.”

Drop-in sessions on the plans for Eleven Arches are being held on Friday 11th November 3pm-7pm and Saturday 12th November 10am-2pm at the Boys’ Sunday School, St Mary’s Church, Kirkgate, Tadcaster LS24 9BL.

The consultation closes on 30th November 2022 with a second stage of consultation expected in early 2023 before a planning application is submitted to Selby District Council in Spring 2023.

Further information and an online questionnaire can be found at www.elevenarchestadcaster.com, by contacting info@elevenarchestadcaster.com or the community information line 0800 689 1095. You can also follow the project on social media: Instagram @11ArchesTad; Twitter @11ArchesTad; and Facebook Eleven Arches Tadcaster