Selby District Council’s work to support new business investment has been recognised with a prestigious award. The Council has been named ‘Local Authority of the Year’ in the Business Insider Property Awards.
The award recognises the Council’s work to support new business growth, which brings new jobs and opportunities. Recently there has been a strong focus on supporting a number of development sites that have regional significance. There are five such sites in the district, with the potential to create thousands of new jobs.
At Gascoigne Wood, near Sherburn-in-Elmet, the Council has been working with the developers, Harworth, to create a proposal that maximises the value of the site’s enviable position beside the main transpennine rail route. This could create around 2,000 new jobs.
Meanwhile, the Council has also been supporting a proposal for a new ‘creative hub’ at a former RAF airfield at Church Fenton. This would build on the success of the existing Yorkshire Studios at the site, which has been home to the ITV hit drama Victoria.
Also over recent months the first new tenants have been confirmed for the major Sherburn2 business development. This site is likely to support around 2,500 new jobs in the long-term. Again, the Council has been working closely with the developers to help access funding and support to deliver the plans.
The Council has also successfully bid for a slice of government money to support a major new housing and business development on the outskirts of Selby town centre. The Olympia Park development will deliver around 1,500 new homes with new walking and cycling routes into the town centre and Selby station.
All of this has contributed to the award success.
Selby District Council Leader, Cllr Mark Crane, explained why it was so pleasing to be recognised in this way, “This award is from the business community itself, which shows that we have a really high profile when it comes to attracting new investors. We’re the fastest-growing area in North Yorkshire and we want to support new investment where this can create new jobs and opportunities in appropriate places.
“Our role is to manage this growth to make sure that we can maximise the value of the investment to create good jobs. Alongside this we’ve also investing in supporting new homes too, to make sure that we can continue to be a great place to do business and a great place to enjoy life.”