The planning committee of Selby District Council granted the project unanimous approval, and work on the site is expected to start in the Autumn of 2019, with show homes in the pipeline ready to arrive on site next year.
The multi-million pound development at Gateforth Park will comprise 168 residential park homes, along with a reception, shop and meeting area, public and private amenity space, and a village green. York House Leisure have an excellent track record for transforming locations into well-thought through and visually stunning parks.
The news means they are now a step closer to transforming the 45-acre site of a former mushroom farm into an environmentally-friendly park which will include water features, lakes, and other measures aimed at enhancing biodiversity. Facilities in the nearby village of Thorpe Willoughby will also be easily accessible by foot from the site. The new retirement village at Gateforth Park will create four to six operational jobs, with many more during the construction phase.
In keeping with the sustainable nature of YHL’s plans, during the construction phase the existing hardstanding will be recycled on-site. Director of York House Leisure, Phil Brierley, said: “Despite the derelict state of Gateforth Park, which had been the victim of various acts of vandalism and fly-tipping, we recognised the potential of the site. Its good location and attractive environment offers us the opportunity to create a very special retirement village, and to really add value to the surrounding area.”
He continued; “The journey so far has involved a lot of hard work, but it was worth it. Over two years ago we started working with the council planning department to find a solution they were happy with, which also filled a highlighted demographic need. We are now absolutely delighted that our plans for Gateforth Park have been approved and we can’t wait to start work on the site.”
York House Leisure will be releasing the site plan shortly, so buyers are welcome to express an interest early on and will then be kept up to date with progress, so watch this space for further details!
The group has a close relationship with manufacturers Prestige Homeseeker Park & Leisure Homes, and show homes on site are expected to include a Sonata, Reprise, Anthem, Sofia and an Accolade, although buyers can also specify their own choice of model.
The development will expand YHL’s award-winning portfolio of retirement and holiday parks to six sites across North Yorkshire and Scotland. In recent years the company has made significant investment in its parks, helping to maintain its reputation for high quality holiday and retirement accommodation, and garnering accolades from both the English Tourist Board and Professor David Bellamy.
OTHER YORK HOUSE LEISURE PARKS
Residential parks: Quarry Moor & New Park
Holiday parks: York House Holiday Parks – Abbotts Green – Monk Park – Old Hall Holiday Park – Swaleside Holiday Park – Castlewigg Holiday Park