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Plans for £17m redevelopment of Northallerton Prison site submitted

Photo: Treadmills

Detailed plans have been submitted for the transformation of the former Northallerton Prison site into an exciting new retail, leisure and business destination.

An application for full planning approval and listed building consent has been put forward by the Central NorthallertonDevelopment Company, a joint venture between Hambleton District Council andWykeland Group, for the heritage-led Treadmills scheme.

The ambitious plans are the culmination of extensive work over the past four years in preparation for Northallerton’smost significant regeneration scheme for decades.

The proposals have been refined to respond to feedback received during a comprehensive public and stakeholder engagement process, including consultation with Hambleton District Council, North Yorkshire County Council’s Highways department, Historic England and Northallerton Town Council.

Credit: Treadmills

The plans for the £17m Treadmills scheme set out a comprehensive redevelopment of the 3.5-acre site, including a mix of retail units, offices, cafés and restaurants, a cinema, apartments and car parking. The focal point of the development will be a newly-created civic square and performance space. The scheme also includes Northallerton’s first “changing places” fully accessible toilet facility.

The details include:

  • Sensitive conversion of the site’s five remaining listed former prison buildings to form offices, apartments, shops, cafés and restaurants, as well as a heritage centre displaying memorabilia and archives from the jail
  • A premium, four-screen cinema, above three new restaurant units
  • Creation of an attractive new public square in the courtyard formed by the former prison buildings and cinema. This area will be a hive of activity and present opportunities for community and cultural events and performances
  • Three new retail units, including an anchor Lidl store
  • Provision of 127parking spaces and 18 cycle spaces, to supplement off-site provision.
  • A new highway access and related road improvements, as well as enhanced connectivity and signage between the site and nearby High Street
Credit: Treadmills

A huge amount of work has gone into developing the vision for Treadmills and translating that into this detailed planning application.

We’ve worked very closely with Historic England to ensure these plans pay full respect to the unique history and heritage of Northallerton Prison while also setting out exciting proposals for the future of this key strategic site.

This scheme has been designed to extendand enhance the town centre and bring new vibrancy to Northallerton, including through a stronger and more dynamic evening economy. It will also create a new, high-quality destination and public space, strongly linked to the commercial heart of the town.

Treadmills will provide new investment, facilities and jobs to complement existing provision in Northallerton and ensure the continued economic growth and prosperity of the town for years to come.”

– Jonathan Stubbs, Wykeland Development Director

Northallerton Prison housed prisoners for more than 230 years before closing in 2013. Two years later Hambleton District Council bought the site from the Ministry of Justice to secure a key strategic site for redevelopment.

Subject to planning consent, the Treadmills development is proposed to be delivered in phases, beginning with the construction of the retail units to the south of the site, with work expected to begin in early 2019.