Public invited to shape plans for 4,000 home settlement

People are being asked to help shape a masterplan for a brand new community proposed for North Yorkshire.

Escrick Park Estate is putting forward the masterplan for a village called Heronby, off the A19 in the parish of Escrick, between Selby and York.

Its vision is to create a settlement featuring more than 4,000 homes inspired by the character and function of traditional North Yorkshire communities, and fit for the 21st century.

Heronby would have its own market square with a high street, business space, new schools and a mix of homes to meet the needs of families, first-time buyers and older people.

The masterplan has been drawn up in light of Selby District Council’s new Local Plan consultation which suggests the provision of one or more new settlements could help meet much of the need for housing and employment space in the area in the years ahead.

Escrick Park Estate’s initial proposals were first unveiled in March this year, when Covid-19 restrictions ruled out face-to-face meetings.

A project website at www.heronby.co.uk was set up, with people able to give their feedback online.

Beilby Forbes Adam, from the Estate, said: “We’re grateful to the thousands of people who took the time to visit the website, and to all those who offered feedback on our initial proposals online, which has been very helpful in guiding our thinking.

“During lockdown we always said we wanted to give local people the opportunity to see our proposals in detail and importantly to discuss them with us in person and share their ideas with us.

“We’re now holding an event at the Escrick & Deighton Club in Escrick village which will be open to the public on Thursday September 16 and Friday September 17.

“To help ensure a steady flow of visitors and sufficient space to view the exhibition we are asking anyone who would like to attend to book online through the project website, or if they don’t have access to the internet, by calling the project helpline on 01904 897456 during office hours.”

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