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Swinnow Park, Wetherby

Racecourse Approach - Wetherby - Leeds - LS22 5EG

In August 2020 we secured Outline planning approval (subject to conditions) for up to 800 new homes, a convenience store, primary school and public open spaces

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  • Overview

    Overview

    Our future development at Swinnow Park will be designed and constructed using a ‘fabric-first’ approach and include renewable energy sources to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide emissions. With a bid to provide new homes for first-time buyers, as well as property steppers, the scheme includes two-to-five-bedroom residences, 35% of which will be affordable housing. Designed to encourage walking, cycling and an active outdoor lifestyle the proposals include well-lit pedestrian routes, creation of a pedestrian/cyclist link providing a convenient link to the town centre and provision of a fully-funded ‘hopper’ bus connecting the site to Wetherby station.

     

    It is estimated that 85 construction jobs per annum will be generated over the duration of the  build period and a further 125 supply chain jobs will be supported per annum as a result of the proposals. Our  plans also include extensive community investment through CIL in excess of £7m and Section 106 agreements which incorporate additional planting of indigenous tree and hedgerow species to enhance wildlife connectivity, creation of a sustainable travel fund and a contribution of £2.7m towards a new two-form entry primary school. 

     

    The detailed reserved matters application is now being progressed in liaison with both Leeds City Council and local groups to develop a sustainable and inspirational place to live.

     

    Masterplan scheme

     

  • About the site

    About the Site

    Wetherby is a very popular and thriving historic market town within the city of Leeds and stands on the River Wharfe, central to what is known as the Golden Triangle; a term commonly used to reference the prime affluent residential market areas lying between Leeds, Harrogate and York. Wetherby originated from the 6th Duke of Devonshire selling off the land in 1824 and has grown into an extremely popular place to live with its Georgian houses, scenic countryside and meandering river.

     

    It is a popular residential area with a population of circa 20,000 and is extremely well located with great transport links due to its location near to the A1. It is also very well positioned within Great Britain as it sits halfway between London and Edinburgh and provides good access to the M62 spanning east to west between Liverpool and Hull.

     

    Wetherby has a thriving market day held each Thursday and a Farmers market every month. There are a selection of restaurants, bars and shops including a Marks and Spencer Food Hall and large Morrisons.

    Wetherby also boasts its own Racecourse, opposite this development. The first race was held in 1891 and sits on the land previously owned by Igmanthorpe Hall. It is a leading National Hunt race track in Yorkshire with the two feature meetings being the Charlie Hall Chase and the Castleford Chase.

     

    There are four primary schools and one secondary school in Wetherby, with a further secondary school in the next town of Boston Spa. Of the primary schools, two are both rated at Outstanding and Wetherby High School is rated at Good by Ofsted.

  • What's proposed

    What's Proposed?

    • New community of up to 1,100 dwellings (Taylor Wimpey’s element is up to 800 units), incorporating a range of types and sizes of houses to meet local needs.
    • Provision of on-site 35% affordable housing.
    • Creation of an Education and Community Facilities Hub which will include a two-form entry primary school and convenience store.
    • Significant areas of Public Open Space and the retention of the tree lined Avenue
    • Three new vehicular access points from Racecourse Approach
    • Cycle and Pedestrian access on to York Road via improvements to Carr Lane and the existing Bridleway.
    • 20 min frequency hopper bus from the development to Wetherby Town Centre.
    • Landscaping buffer to A1 (M).
  • Community

    Community Benefits

    There will be a range of community benefits that accompany the site’s development, such as:

    • We employ a wide range of trades, providing opportunities for local workers and sub-contractors. It is estimated that 85 construction jobs per annum will be generated over the 13 year build period, a further 125 supply chain jobs will be supported per annum as a result of the proposals.
    • An investment of approximately £7.1 million will be received by Leeds City Council through the New Homes Bonus scheme, which has been set up by the Government to accompany new housing development and benefit local communities in which it takes place.
    • The development will deliver a range of housing to meet the needs and aspirations of the whole community. There will be a provision of affordable homes as well as homes to meet the needs of first time buyers, key workers and families.
    • If planning permission is granted a circa £7.2 million CIL payment will be made to the Council and a S106 legal agreement entered into which together cover any required improvements to the existing local infrastructure and services.

    The economic benefits of the racecourse approach to Swinnow Park, Wetherby.

    Swinnow Park,  Wetherby sustainability benefits 

    Taylor Wimpey sustainability benefits

  • Updates

    News and Updates

    Taylor Wimpey secures planning approval for 800 homes in Wetherby

    Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire has secured outline planning approval from Leeds City Council for a large-scale development in Wetherby.

     

    Comprising up to 800 new homes, a convenience store, primary school and public open spaces, the 98-acre site, named Swinnow Park, will create a new community and bring more than 2,700 jobs and more than £7m in community funding to the area.

     

    A sustainable development, Taylor Wimpey’s proposals for Swinnow Park include eco-friendly transport options and green infrastructure & biodiversity. In addition, the new homes will be designed and constructed using a ‘fabric-first’ approach to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide emissions.

     

    With a bid to provide new homes for first-time buyers, as well as property steppers, the scheme includes two-to-five-bedroom residences, 35% of which will be affordable housing.

     

    Designed to encourage walking, cycling and an active outdoor lifestyle, Swinnow Park proposals include well-lit pedestrian routes, creation of a pedestrian/cyclist link providing a convenient link to the town centre and provision of a fully-funded ‘hopper’ bus connecting the site to Wetherby station.

     

    It is estimated that 85 construction jobs per annum will be generated over the duration of Swinnow Park’s build period and a further 125 supply chain jobs will be supported per annum as a result of the proposals.

     

    Taylor Wimpey’s plans also include extensive community investment (property media only: through CIL in excess of £7m and Section 106 agreements) which incorporate additional planting of indigenous tree and hedgerow species to enhance wildlife connectivity, creation of a sustainable travel fund and a contribution of £2.7m towards a new two-form entry primary school.

     

    James Poynor, managing director at Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Leeds City Council has approved our proposals, not only as they will provide critically-important housing, but because they will deliver an abundance of wider economic benefits for the community.

     

    “This is an important step in enabling us to bring this allocated site forward, one that we’ve been committed to for many years and we’re now looking positively to the next stage in our journey to bring a new community to Wetherby.”

     

    The detailed reserved matters application can now be progressed in liaison with both Leeds City Council and local groups to develop a sustainable and inspirational place to live.