Council shortlisted for business support award

Selby District Council's work with the developers of an exciting new hi-tech, television and creative industries campus has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

The Create Yorkshire development has been recognised in the Business Insider awards, in the category of best public and private collaboration.  Earlier this year the development received planning permission from the District Council.  The developers, their partners and the Council have been working closely together on the proposal - which is set to deliver hundreds of new high quality jobs - over a number of months.

The exciting scheme builds on the success of Church Fenton Studios and is supported by  the Council’s Economic Development Framework, which sets out how the Council is supporting the development of new high-quality jobs.

Landowner Makin Enterprises sought a major creative digital and media hub as well as a permanent film and TV studio complex.  The 750,000 sq ft development at Church Fenton, a former RAF base to the east of Leeds, is already home to Yorkshire’s largest film studio, where parts of the hit TV drama Victoria are filmed.

Selby District Council's Executive member with responsibility for economic development, Councillor David Buckle, said: "This is yet another example of how the work of the Council to support investment and the creation of good quality jobs is being recognised across Yorkshire.  Last year we won the 'Council of the Year' category.  This year we've been shortlisted for our work in partnership with investors, landowners and developers to help create good quality jobs and opportunities for our area."

Chris Calvert, Planning Director at Pegasus Group, added: "This site has regional significance and comes at a time when Yorkshire is seeing big new investment in film, media and creative industries.  Creative businesses using the site will benefit from being able to work together more easily as well as benefit from affordable business space designed to support this type of work.

"The site is already home to a major studio complex and a recent influx of small creative businesses and with this new development we expect it will eventually support nearly 2,000 high quality jobs in creative, digital and media sectors."

“The successful masterplan was developed through a multidisciplinary approach with Pegasus Group and the council coming together at strategic economic level to provide a framework for collaborative working.”