Yorkshire Water and Keyland Developments Ltd, the property trading arm of Kelda Group and sister company to Yorkshire Water, are today unveiling the early workings of a masterplan for the future of land surrounding the Esholt Water Treatment Works in West Yorkshire. This preliminary stage has been developed utilising findings gathered at a public consultation event held earlier this month.
The Esholt Waste Water Treatment Works lies close to the major metropolitan areas of Leeds and Bradford, with Leeds-Bradford Airport to the east.
Until the early 20th century the 32 acre site had been part of a natural parkland setting, with the Esholt Hall Park directly to the south and Jerrison Wood to the north. The industrialisation of the site occurred in the early 20th century, with the construction of the primary settlement tanks cutting in a linear grid across the natural landscape, and the significant earthworks that this involved. As a result of new technology, the operational footprint has reduced significantly over recent years, leaving large areas of formerly operational land redundant and unused.
Yorkshire Water and Keyland Developments Ltd have assembled a world-class team to collaborate on the future of Esholt comprising of; Tate Harmer, a leading UK firm of architects on sustainability and natural environments, sustainability consultants 3 ADAPT and pioneering independent integrated planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore. The Esholt project team has a collective wealth of experience delivering exceptional projects across the UK including The Eden Project Cornwall, the Natural History Museum London, the Dyson Campus Malmesbury, City Fields Wakefield and Museum of Scouting Gillwell to name a few.
At Esholt, the project team is looking to deliver a development that is truly exceptional and nationally recognised, repurposing the largely brownfield site into somewhere that future residents and visitors can live, work and play. The project is driven by a number of key themes, including Health & Wellbeing, Environment, Social Value, Long-Term Value, Sustainable Transport, Positive Resource Use and Water & Energy. The next stage for the project team is to fully develop enhanced strategies for each of these areas to ensure that the full transformative potential of the site is maximised.
Taking into account the wider economic and social needs of the locality, the future uses of the land will fall into three general categories covering Live, Work and Play.
Addressing the ‘Live’ element, the project seeks to create an exemplar residential development, with an innovative blend of materials, technologies, landscape features and building forms resulting in one of the most sustainable residential developments in the UK – a beacon of positive living. Creating a community to sit harmoniously with Esholt Village, the homes will have shared recreation spaces, make sensitive use of local materials and facilitate living alongside nature all whilst providing a soft transition to the natural setting. The team is looking at a density of between 22-35dph which is similar to the existing density across Esholt.
Innovative workspaces will be created under the ‘Work’ element, taking full advantage of the range of technologies and power sources from the adjacent treatment works. The site will provide high quality, sustainable work spaces to accommodate a mix of industry, with a particular focus on bio-tech businesses. Surrounding business parks are operating at full or close to capacity so the provision of highly sustainable accommodation will support the growth of existing Bradford businesses, whilst promoting new investment in the region. Key to unlocking the full potential of the site will be an integrated and comprehensive response to the range of complex transport issues in the locality.
Looking at the ‘Play’ aspect of the development, a strategy will be formulated to restore a healthy and positive relationship with nature which will incorporate active design and access to nature, including public art and design features as well as enabling integration with surrounding woodland.
Luke Axe, Planning Manager at Keyland Developments Ltd
Further consultations on Esholt will be conducted in Autumn 2018.
Consultation Event Details
Wednesday 18th July
Session1: 14:00 – 16:00 Session2: 18:00 – 20:00
Esholt Sports and Leisure Club, Upper Mill Cottages, Esholt Ln, Esholt, Baildon, Shipley BD17 7RN
Gordon Rogers, Head of Long Term Strategy at United Utilities
Damian Allen, Chief Executive, Doncaster Council
Liz Barber, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Water