The development of a new residential park on derelict land near Selby in North Yorkshire is progressing well, with people now being invited to register their interest in a home on the site.

Gateforth Park, a multi-million pound development from York House Leisure (YHL), will comprise 168 residential park homes, along with a reception, shop and meeting area, public and private amenity space, and a village green. With easy access to York and Leeds, not to mention the stunning countryside of the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, residents will have access to a range of leisure opportunities.

It will transform the 45-acre site of a former mushroom farm into an environmentally-friendly park which will include water features, lakes, and other measures aimed at enhancing biodiversity. Facilities in the nearby village of Thorpe Willoughby will also be easily accessible by foot from the site.

Show homes will be available to view at Gateforth Park in early 2020, and updates and information will be available on this website or in regular newsletters to subscribers who have registered an interest in the park.

In January 2019, the development was given unanimous approval from the planning committee of Selby District Council. It will create four to six operational jobs, with many more during the construction phase. In keeping with the sustainable nature of YHL’s plans, during the construction phase the existing hardstanding will be recycled on-site.

Park home living is growing in popularity, particularly among the over 50s age group, because of the relaxed, comfortable and stylish lifestyle it offers. Benefits of living on a residential park include value for money, high spec homes, a relaxed lifestyle, ease of use and maintenance, security, and a sense of community.

The Gateforth Park development will expand YHL’s award-winning portfolio of retirement and holiday parks to six sites across North Yorkshire and Scotland. In recent years the company has made significant investment in its parks, helping to maintain its reputation for high quality holiday and over 50s accommodation, and garnering accolades from both the English Tourist Board and Professor David Bellamy.

Director of York House Leisure, Phil Brierley, said: “Despite the derelict state of Gateforth Park, which had been the victim of various acts of vandalism and fly-tipping, we recognised the potential of the site. Its good location and attractive environment offers us the opportunity to create a very special retirement village, and to really add value to the surrounding area.”