Selby District – growth at the heart of Yorkshire

Business investment in the Selby district has been heating up this summer.  The area is right at the heart of Yorkshire and benefits from fantastic road and rail access, with significant new business space coming onto the market.  

In the last few months plans have been submitted for a major new development at Gascoigne Wood, near Sherburn in Elmet alongside the main trans-pennine rail route.  We’ve also had confirmation of the first new business set to move onto the Sherburn2 business site. And plans have been submitted for a brand new ‘creative hub’ development at Church Fenton, which lies between York and Leeds.

This shows huge confidence in the Selby district as a great place to do business.

At Gascoigne Wood, Tim Love, one of the Directors for the developers, Harworth, explained the impact this new investment will have: “The site represents a great opportunity to create thousands of new rail-connected jobs.  We’ve spent a number of months working closely with Selby District Council, North Yorkshire County Council, technical advisors and key commercial agents to formulate a realistic plan to support these new jobs.”

At Sherburn2, local company Cromwell Polythene is expanding onto the new site, as they see their business go from strength-to-strength.  Managing Director, James Lee, said, “This is a sound investment for us. We’ve outgrown our current premises in Sherburn and were looking for a larger building close by.  The exciting Sherburn2 development next door is just perfect, allowing us to remain in a superb business and logistics location while creating new premises to suit our needs.  The move will double our warehouse capacity, allowing us to create many more new jobs and to continue expanding our operations.”

At Church Fenton, plans now submitted for a new ‘creative hub’ will build on the success of the Yorkshire Studios already in place at the former RAF site.  This is home to ITV’s smash hit drama, Victoria, which also uses many other spectacular locations in Yorkshire. Once fully up-and-running, the site could support around 1,800 jobs in the creative and digital sector, with a knock-on benefit for jobs during construction too.

It’s not just new business space.  Around 1,500 new homes are also in the pipeline for Olympia Park at Barlby.  This exciting new development will include new walking and cycling routes into Selby town centre with easy connections to Selby station, which is set to see improvements too.  The scale of this housing development – which is regionally significant – demonstrates a growing confidence in the Selby district as a place to live and do business.

Find out more online: or search ‘Selby means business’.