Trophy Blog #100 ~ As reported in last weeks Selby Times, Another positive step forward has been made for the land between Barlby and Selby. The new housing development at the former Hovis factory site, will create 800 new homes and many jobs in the process. This is a huge boost for the area, people moving into the area will spend their wages in the local shops and facilities. Also in the pipeline are new shops, restaurants, football pitches and a new school. While people will complain about taking shoppers out of the main high street, any positive news must be a step in the right direction. A huge loan has been agreed by the Government to fill the funding gap and hopefully work will start in the next few years. I wrote a previous column about the original plans, which was estimated to cost £300million. This included 985 new homes, but the latest news shows that number has now been reduced. Developers and owners of the land, BOCM Pauls said they would review the size of the site at regular intervals and after the first 300 homes were built. They have recently knocked down the old, unused factories and still have work to do to bring the rubble down to street level. The government have announced that up to £11m will be invested in the scheme, with the first few million pounds expected by 2016. On the other side of the river is the old Rigid site, also earmarked for housing and businesses to be built on it. York has also been promised a huge injection of money and talk has been made to electrify the Hambleton to Selby train line so that trains can run faster up to the junction before connecting with the already electrified east coast main line.  

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