We are working with Selby District Council, with funding from the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (YNY LEP) on a Places and Movement Study. We want you to have your say on proposals.

The study will propose improvements to key streets and spaces in Selby District’s town centres which will benefit residents, businesses, and visitors alike. The study will help us to fully understand current and future issues and propose solutions that result in these centres being accessible to all and places that people want to live and work in and enjoy. Funding will need to be secured for these improvements, and the study is the first stage in doing this, to identify what changes people would like to see happen.

The project is separate to proposals for improvements taking place at Selby Station and the surrounding area. The Selby Station proposals are part of the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) programme. The improvements proposed in the Places and Movement Study are designed to be delivered in addition to changes around the station.

The project covers areas within Selby Conservation Area and Selby Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) Project, and the improvements proposed in the Places and Movement study are designed with consideration of heritage assets and aims to enhance these.

Our project journey

Initially, we are asking for your thoughts on proposals for Selby town centre and Sherburn-in-Elmet. Proposals for Tadcaster will be brought forward towards the end of 2021, once there is an agreed way forward on the town centre changes proposed in the Selby District Local Plan and following further technical assessment of those proposals.

The proposals for all the towns will form indicative packages for delivery in the short to medium term, subject to funding.

Your feedback will shape designs for the proposals in both areas and a preferred option for the three different movement options in Selby town centre will be selected.

In the next stage of the project, subject to funding being secured, further modelling work and assessment will take place for the preferred movement option. Further consultation will take place on designs as they develop. Final designs will need to go through the planning process before construction.

Improving our places

The vision of the study is: ‘The town centres of Selby District will transform by 2030 to provide exemplary, attractive, and accessible places for all to live, work and explore.’

The vision has informed the following objectives:

  • To support the perception of place and strengthen the local identity of the towns
  • To promote sustainable travel and accessibility to/ through the town centres
  • Futureproofing the towns to support wider objectives

Each town has specific challenges and opportunities and therefore will have different solutions. The existing issues this study aims to improve are the following:

  • Traffic congestion
  • Carbon emissions
  • Limited walking and cycling connections
  • Integration between transport modes
  • Safety and accessibility in town centres
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) movements through town centres
  • Air quality and impact on public health
  • A need to create attractive spaces that encourage activity

In Sherburn-in-Elmet the study aims to address the following additional issues

  • Vehicle dominated environment
  • Limited crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Informal parking of vehicles
  • Narrow pavements
  • Limited greenery

The proposals

We are asking for your feedback on proposals in two areas: Selby town centre and Sherburn-in-Elmet. The proposals form indicative packages for a range of measures to improve the areas. Selby has three options to consider relating to the movement of vehicles.

View the plans and visualisations below to help you understand what is proposed. We have also provided answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) and a glossary of terms.

There are 3 options for the movement of vehicles in Selby town centre. A preferred highways option will be selected following this consultation, and further highway modelling work and assessment will take place for the preferred option.

Selby Highway Option A

Selby highways option a

Selby Highway Option B

Selby Highway Option B

Selby Highway Option C

Selby Highway Option C

Under the different movement options (A, B and C) in Selby Town Centre, a number of improvements are enabled in these areas, and are outlined below each image. Each image is labelled with the highways option(s) that enable these improvements. A Location Plan is provided to show the location of the different areas in Selby that the images relate to.

Selby location plan

Selby Market Place/The Crescent

Option A/B

  • Public realm enhancement
  • Removal of street clutter
  • Continuation of quality surface materials on footways throughout the space
  • Permanent closure of Finkle Street to vehicles
  • Opportunity to introduce planting and more seating
  • Option B could feature courtesy crossings due to reduced traffic volumes

Market place option A/B

The Crescent Option A/B

Option C

  • One-way road offers additional space for planting and seating
  • Continuation of quality surface materials on footways and crossing points
  • Permanent closure of Finkle Street to vehicles
  • Appropriate softening of boundary treatment around the Abbey to reconnect it with the public realm and Selby Park

Market Place Option C

The Crescent Option C

Selby Micklegate

Option A/B

  • Public realm enhancement to provide central civic space
  • Tree planting
  • Enhancement of public realm around Abbot’s Staith building
  • Removal of most parking spaces to maximise adaptable space for events

Micklegate Option A/B

Option C

  • Public realm enhancement to provide central civic space
  • Tree planting
  • Enhancement of public realm around Abbot’s Staith building
  • Retention of some parking as required

Micklegate Option C

Micklegate Sketch

Selby Back Micklegate

  • Proposals for Back Micklegate could be brought forward without changes to the movement of vehicles in Selby.
  • Reconfiguration of parking spaces to enable tree planting to soften the appearance of the car park
  • Widened footways to enhance pedestrian safety and attractiveness
  • Improved entrance into car park to ensure its presence is clear to those arriving in Selby
  • Definition of the pedestrian route through to Micklegate including a pedestrian bridge over the dam.

Back Micklegate plan

Back Micklegate Sketch

Selby New Street

Option A/B

  • Removal of street clutter and guard railing to maximise footway space for pedestrians
  • Courtesy crossings to provide traffic calming and more opportunities to cross the road safely
  • Opportunity for higher quality surface materials in the footway and crossing points

New Street Option A/B

Option C

  • Narrowing of the road width to one lane enabling footways to be widened for pedestrians, and vehicle dominance on the street to be reduced
  • High quality surface materials to align with Market Place giving a sense of a continuous street, appropriate to the Selby Conservation Area.
  • Improved air quality enabled by reduced traffic volumes.

New Street Option C

Selby Riverside

Option A/B

  • Narrowing of the road to maximise footways and provide space for planting to create a green riverside corridor
  • Courtesy crossings allow places to cross and provide traffic calming measures
  • Management of riverside vegetation to enable views to the river

Selby Riverside option A/B

Option C

  • Narrowing of the road width to one lane to maximise footways and provide space for planting to create a green riverside corridor
  • Courtesy crossings with quality surface materials allow places to cross, provide traffic calming measures and maintain the identity of the town centre
  • Management of riverside vegetation to enable views to the river

Riverside Option C

Selby Flaxley Road/New Millgate

Option A/B

  • Reconfiguration of road layout to widen footways, introduce planting and street trees, and provide courtesy crossing points
  • On street parking provided where required
  • Opportunity to introduce cycling infrastructure with additional space created

Option C

  • Reconfiguration of road layout to widen footways, introduce planting and street trees, and provide courtesy crossing points
  • Junctions improved to provide traffic calming
  • Opportunity to introduce cycling infrastructure with additional space created

Flaxley Road option C

Flaxley Road option C sketch

New Millgate Option C

New Millgate Option C sketch

Selby Western Gateway (Scott Road Junction)

Option A/B

  • Gateway design features to announce arrival into the town
  • Reconfiguration of road layout and junction to maximise width of footways, introduce planting and street trees, and provide clear crossing points
  • Public realm enhanced around the Town Hall building as the focal point of the space and an important cultural hub
  • Quality surface materials on footways and crossings

Option C

  • Gateway design features to announce arrival into the town
  • Reconfiguration of road layout and junction to maximise width of footways, introduce planting and street trees, and provide clear crossing points
  • Public realm enhanced around the Town Hall building as the focal point of the space and an important cultural hub
  • Quality surface materials on footways and crossings
  • Opportunity to permanently close York Street to vehicles and provide continuous crossing point

Western Gateway Option C

The following images indicate proposals for improvements to place in Sherburn-in-Elmet and these are outlined below each image. A Location Plan is provided to show the location of the different areas in Sherburn-in-Elmet that the images relate to.

Sherburn-in-Elmet location plan

Finkle Hill

  • Removal of off-street parking to provide a new public realm space as a focal point for the town.
  • Provision of on street parking bays.
  • Widening of footways, introduction of planting and street trees.
  • Street furniture to offer informal seating whilst deterring illegal parking.
  • Quality surface materials enhance the sense of place and contribute to the identity of the town.

Finkle Hill

Kirkgate/Finkle Hill junction

  • Reconfiguration of junction layout to widen footways and improve crossing points for pedestrians.
  • Quality surface materials on footways and crossing points provide continuity through the town and contribute to its identity.
  • Street furniture to offer informal seating whilst deterring illegal parking and improving perception of pedestrian safety.

Kirkgate/Finkle Hill

Low Street (North)

  • Removal of off-street parking to provide a new public realm space as a focal point for the town.
  • Provision of on street parking bays.
  • Widening of footways, introduction of planting and street trees.
  • Street furniture to offer informal seating whilst deterring illegal parking.
  • Quality surface materials on footways and raised crossing points helps prioritise pedestrians and promotes slower vehicle speeds.

Low Street north

Low Street (South)

  • Reconfiguration of parking to provide a positive pedestrian environment and sense of place.
  • Quality surface materials on footways and crossing points provide continuity through the town and contribute to its identity.
  • Raised area across the Church View and Wolsey Croft junction provides traffic calming and improves pedestrian safety for crossing.

Low Street south

Have your say

Between Tuesday 6 April and Friday 30 April, we are asking for your feedback on the early stage proposals. Your views are important so please take this opportunity to let us know what you think at this early development stage.

Please complete the survey before 30 April.

Read the proposals and answer the questions for each section. How long this will take depends how many areas you would like to comment on.

Have your say

Paper copies of the survey and information are available on request – please call 01609 780780 or email selbypandmstudy@northyorks.gov.uk

If you need any of the information in an alternative format or different language you can also contact us using the above details.

Online events

If you want to know more or ask any questions, you can join an online event:

Next steps

Following the closure of the public consultation on Friday 30th April, all feedback on proposals will be considered. There will be more opportunities to provide feedback on detailed designs and plans once funding has been secured for the next stage of the project.

For any enquiries, please contact selbypandmstudy@northyorks.gov.uk


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