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Planning Permission for Prison Site

Image – A computer-generated image of the focal point of the Treadmills development – a new civic square and performance space bordered by the converted former prison buildings and new cinema.

The multi-million pounds redevelopment of Northallerton’s former prison has been given the green light.

Work on transforming the site will begin next year after the scheme won approval from members of Hambleton District Council’s Planning Committee today (November 15).

The £17m Treadmills project features retail, residential, leisure and office space as well as a large public square. It also incorporates five Grade II listed buildings which were retained when the remainder of the prison site was demolished.

The project is being delivered by the Central Northallerton Development Company (CNDC), a joint venture between Hambleton District Council and developers Wykeland Group. Discount supermarket Lidl has already been unveiled as the retail anchor for the project and Hull-based C4DI – the Centre for Digital Innovation – confirmed as the operator of the digital tech office space. Negotiations are underway to finalise operators of the remaining retail and leisure units.

Chairman of the CNDC Board, District Councillor Peter Wilkinson, said planning approval means work on the project will start in the spring of 2019.
“This is a very exciting project not just for Northallerton but for the area as a whole,” he said. “It will generate more activity in the town centre with people coming to visit the shops and enjoy the leisure experience we will offer through the restaurants and cinema.”

Planning committee members were told that the scheme aims to preserve and enhance a major part of Northallerton’s history and heritage; regenerate a large brownfield site; deliver a major boost to the local economy; and bring significant new community assets and facilities to the town.

Image – A computer-generated image of the Treadmills scheme, with the retail units and car parking in the foreground and the converted prison buildings to the rear.

Dominic Gibbons, Managing Director of Wykeland Group, and CNDC Board Member, said: “We’re delighted this transformational redevelopment has gained planning approval and will soon move into the construction phase.

“This scheme will respect and conserve the heritage of the site while delivering many economic, social and community benefits for Northallerton, the wider area and local residents.”

  • Northallerton Prison housed prisoners for more than 230 years before closing in 2013. Hambleton District Council bought the site from the Ministry of Justice in 2014 securing a key strategic site close to the town centre for development. The council signed a development agreement with Wykeland Group in 2017.

More Information

Aly Thompson (communications officer, Hambleton District Council): aly.thompson@hambleton.gov.uk or 01609 767063

Detailed plans submitted for Northallerton Prison site redevelopment

Treadmills civic square and cinema at night

Image – An aerial artist’s impression of the Treadmills development, Northallerton’s most significant regeneration scheme for decades.

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 Northallerton Development Company, a joint venture between Hambleton District Council and Wykeland 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’s most significant regeneration scheme for decades.

A computer-generated image of the focal point of the Treadmills development – a new civic square and performance space bordered by the converted former prison buildings and new cinema.Image – A computer-generated image of the focal point of the Treadmills development – a new civic square and performance space bordered by the converted former prison buildings and new cinema.

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.

Two public consultation events were also held in June 2018, attended by around 450 people, at which 65% of people who completed feedback forms said they supported the scheme, with only 15% opposed.

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.

Image – An artist’s impression of the new civic square, bordered by the former Northallerton Prison buildings, which will be sensitively restored and converted as part of the scheme.

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 127 parking 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.

Summarising the scheme, the application says: “The development proposals will deliver major, transformational change to this area of Northallerton. This heritage-led scheme will redevelop a vacant local landmark and deliver a mix of uses, to the benefit of the local community and economy.”

Image – An artist’s impression of the Treadmill scheme seen from Zetland Street, with the new cinema on the left.

The prison buildings to be incorporated within the development are the former Staff Tenement Block, Governor’s House, 1818 Female Wing, 1852 Female Wing and Link Building. Conversion of these buildings will respect their history and heritage and key period features such as the cell windows will be retained.

The application says the scheme will “renovate, repair and sensitively convert the original prison buildings and bring vacant heritage assets back into active and beneficial use”. It adds that the proposed new buildings within the scheme have been carefully designed to “respect the form, scale and materials” of the retained listed buildings.

The plans will:

  • Bring a derelict local landmark back to life in a scheme delivering significant benefits for the local community and economy.
  • Create up to 200 jobs, in addition to employment during construction.
  • Strengthen Northallerton town centre and consolidate the town’s role as the principal centre of Hambleton district.
  • Stimulate investment into Northallerton, help to secure long-term economic growth and boost the evening leisure economy.
  • Improve Northallerton’s retail and leisure offering, provide greater choice and reduce the need for local people to travel to other locations to meet their needs.
  • Create a new, high-quality civic square just two minutes’ walk from the High Street.
  • Provide office space for new and growing digital businesses.

A key feature of the development will be the presence of successful technology incubator the Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI), which is an organisation that helps companies grow and traditional businesses innovate. C4DI will operate the offices and co-working spaces to support the development of start-up and growing businesses in the digital tech sector.

C4Di at Treadmills will be based on the highly-successful C4DI operation in Hull’s Fruit Market, which has seen continual growth since its launch in 2015 and has played a key role in Hull becoming established as one of the UK’s fastest-growing digital hubs.

Wykeland Development Director Jonathan Stubbs said: “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 extend and 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.

Image – A computer-generated image of the Treadmills scheme, with the retail units and car parking in the foreground and the converted prison buildings to the rear.

“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.”

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 construction of the retail units to the south of the site, with work expected to begin in early 2019.

PLANS FOR NORTHALLERTON PRISON TO GO ON DISPLAY

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PLANS FOR NORTHALLERTON PRISON TO GO ON DISPLAY

Plans advanced by the Central Northallerton Development Company for ‘Treadmills’ now enter public consultation phase

Dates have been announced for a Public Exhibition where plans for the development of HM Prison Northallerton can be viewed by the public. This Exhibition event will take place over two days. The first event will be held on Friday 15th June in the Upper Hall of Northallerton Town Hall from 3-8pm, and the second will take place on Saturday 16th June in All Saints Church in Northallerton from 10am-4pm.

Following the event, Exhibition materials will be uploaded to the Treadmills website – thetreadmills.co.uk –  and will be on display to the public at Hambleton District Council Civic Centre.

Central Northallerton Development Company has recently unveiled plans to deliver a high quality mixed use development on the site of HM Prison Northallerton to the east of the High Street.

The £16m Treadmills development will feature retail and co-working space in addition to a cinema, restaurants, and Hull-based regeneration specialist Wykeland Group.

Discount supermarket Lidl has recently been revealed as the retail anchor for the project. Hull-based C4DI – the Centre for Digital Innovation –  has also been confirmed as the operator of the co-working digital tech office space. Negotiations are underway to finalise operators of the remaining retail and leisure units.

Wykeland Development Director Jonathan Stubbs, speaking on behalf of the Central Northallerton Development Company, said:

“Treadmills presents a once in a multi-generation opportunity to deliver a development that will enhance and safeguard the future prosperity of Northallerton. In the process, the scheme will create 150-200 jobs.

“The scheme has been designed to be an extension of the town, with excellent pedestrian links and new car parking spaces. We have worked closely with Historic England to ensure that the development respects the unique heritage of the site and we will be incorporating the remaining prison buildings into Treadmills to create a scheme that really reflects the character of the local area.

“Given the importance of Treadmills to Northallerton we are keen to engage as many local people in the consultation process as possible. I would encourage any interested local residents and business owners to attend the public exhibition on 15th or 16th June. The project team will be on hand to discuss the scheme and feedback we receive will be used to help further develop plans.”

Following the exhibition events, feedback will be reviewed before a planning application is submitted.

For further information on the scheme please see www.thetreadmills.co.uk or follow @The_Treadmills on Twitter.

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For more information please contact Beth Rogers at Social Communications on bethr@social-communications.co.uk or 07387140825.

Postcodes for event venues:

Friday 15th June: Upper Hall, Town Hall Buildings, High Street, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL78QR

Saturday 16th June: All Saints Church, High Street, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL78LU

heritage centre and a large square for public events. The scheme has been brought forward by the Central Northallerton Development Company, a joint venture by Hambleton District Council

Prison hoardings to feature 60s pop icons in new exhibition

A striking new open air exhibition is being installed in Northallerton – celebrating pop icons from the 1960s.

Award winning Yorkshire filmmaker and photographer, Paul Berriff, has worked with Joe Cornish Galleries to create panels to grace the hoardings of Treadmills – the former Northallerton prison.

Supported by Northallerton BID and site owners the Central Northallerton Development Company Limited (CNDCL) the 150 metre long graphic features rare images of artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix as they toured Yorkshire venues at the start of their careers in the early 1960s.

“Inspired by big city developments around the world, we are excited to be using iconic pop culture to enhance the look of the town while the prison site redevelopment takes place” said Joe Cornish Galleries Manager Adam Richardson.

“Featuring over 60 images, this eye-catching display is a unique record of the rise of the burgeoning 60s pop scene here in Yorkshire. To accompany the unveiling, Paul’s ‘Rock Legends’ exhibition will also be on display at our Northallerton gallery.”

And Hambleton District Councillor Peter Wilkinson, Chairman of the CNDCL Board added: “This exhibition will form a striking landmark as we develop the Treadmills site – it features rare images which I am sure will attract lots of interest in the town.”

Julia Chance, of Northallerton BID said:

“Northallerton BID’s mission is to provide a quality appearance and environment in the county town and this joint project is the first of many public art installations we hope to put in throughout the county town. Indeed we are devoting the month of August to Arts with a number of new public installations culminating in an Arts and Artisan Market on the High St on Sunday Aug 26th. Love Arts? #lovenorthallerton www.lovenorthallerton.com

Prison Update

Here is the latest news on the redevelopment of Northallerton Prison…

– The 3.5 acre site has a new name – Treadmills, which has been chosen in recognition of the site’s former use and to mark its historical value as having the world’s largest treadmill in the 1800s.

– The first tenant of the development was announced this month – supermarket chain Lidl has agreed on a 22,000 sq ft plot, the largest in the phase one development. The company expects to bring 40 jobs to the town.

– The Central Northallerton Development Company Ltd (CNDCL) – a partnership between Hambleton District Council and development company, Wykeland Group – is working on detailed designs for the site. Before the planning application is submitted it will be the subject of pre-planning consultation – expected in the early summer – and residents will be notified of times and dates for this.

– A second archaeological dig will take place in the early summer – once more led by the York Archaeological Trust. It will be re-examining excavation undertaken last year and also looking at an area close to the listed buildings as part of the planning applications process. Details of that work, including opportunities for any public involvement, will be announced soon.

– Advertising consent has been granted for a display of artwork on the site hoardings. The company is currently looking at when this will be staged. For full details check out hambleton.gov.uk – follow the planning link and search applications using the reference 17/02591/ADV.

– For more information on the development check out thetreadmills.co.uk

Should you require further information please see the contacts page at thetreadmills.co.uk

Lidl to anchor transformation of former Northallerton Prison

Fast-growing UK supermarket group Lidl has been announced as the retail anchor for the redevelopment of Northallerton’s former prison.

The popular brand will take a 21,000 sq ft unit in the exciting Treadmills scheme – and bring up to 40 new jobs for the local community.

The multi-million pound investment will be the key element of the first phase of the Treadmills scheme, which will also feature another 6,000 sq ft retail unit and parking for around 130 vehicles. A detailed planning application for the first phase is expected to be submitted this summer and, subject to planning approval, construction is likely to begin early next year with the Lidl store due to open by late 2019.

The scheme forms part of Lidl’s continued expansion across the UK which has seen it open more than 700 stores and a network of regional distribution centres, employing a total of more than 22,000 people.

Hambleton District Council and Hull-based regeneration company Wykeland Group have formed the Central Northallerton Development Company to drive forward the North Yorkshire town’s most significant regeneration scheme for decades.

As well as the major stores, the £16m scheme will include independent retail units, managed workspaces, restaurants, a cinema, an area for public events and a heritage centre within the 3.5-acre former prison site.

The scheme will preserve and enhance a major part of Northallerton’s history and heritage; regenerate a large brownfield site; deliver a major boost to the local economy; and bring significant new community assets and facilities to the town.

Five listed former prison buildings will be refurbished and incorporated into the Treadmills scheme – whose name reflects that the jail was once home to the world’s largest treadmill and several other treadwheels – which were used by inmates sentenced to hard labour.
Wykeland Development Director Jonathan Stubbs, speaking on behalf of the Central Northallerton Development Company, said: “We’re delighted to have secured one of Europe’s leading food retailers for Treadmills. Lidl is a highly popular brand and has identified this scheme as ideal for their successful format.

“Lidl’s commitment is a major step forward for the project and we believe local residents will welcome the quality, value and additional choice it will offer to shoppers.

“This announcement reflects the very strong interest we are seeing as we develop the commercial opportunities available and work with our partners at Hambleton District Council to realise the ambitious vision for this exciting redevelopment.”

Lidl UK’s Regional Head of Property, David Murphy, commented: “We are delighted to be bringing a new store in Northallerton, which marks another milestone in our ambitious store expansion programme. We’ve seen incredible demand for Lidl stores across the country and look forward to offering our quality products and incredible value to shoppers in and around Northallerton.”

Northallerton Prison housed prisoners for more than 230 years before closing in 2013. Hambleton District Council bought the site from the Ministry of Justice in 2014 to secure a key strategic site close to the town centre for development.

Hull-based Wykeland is one of Yorkshire and the Humber’s leading commercial property developers and was selected last year as the council’s development partner for the Northallerton scheme. Wykeland has an outstanding track record of delivering significant regeneration schemes, working with public and private sector partners.

For further information please contact:

John Meehan
Meehan Media & Comms (on behalf of Wykeland Group)
Tel: 01482 223479 or 07803 199492
E-mail: john@meehanmedia.co.uk

Aly Thompson
Communications Officer, Hambleton District Council
Tel: 01609 767063 or 07940 594853
E-mail: aly.thompson@hambleton.gov.uk

Treadmills to live on in Northallerton

The multi-million pound redevelopment of Northallerton’s former prison is to pay homage to its historic past.

The 3.5 acre site is to be called ‘The Treadmills’ recognising that not only was the prison home to the world’s largest treadmill, but that at one time the number of wheels at the prison ran into double figures.

Hambleton District Council and the Hull based Wykeland Group have formed the Central Northallerton Development Company Limited (CNDCL), to drive forward the regeneration scheme – which will include shops, managed workspaces, restaurants, a cinema, heritage centre and an area for public events.

“The name reflects the prison’s history and makes sure we never forget what life was like for prisoners behind those famous walls,” said CNDCL Board Chairman, Councillor Peter Wilkinson.

“The future of this site is very exciting – we are looking forward to see it starting to take shape and breathing new life into a central part of our historic market town.”

Already much of the old prison has been demolished – leaving just five listed buildings which will be incorporated into the development, and the gatehouse which will be removed as part of the project. Archaeological work has also been undertaken which revealed the foundations of the large treadmill. It is believed there could have been as many as six ‘mills’ in the prison at one time – with women and men being put on the wheels as punishment. They were also used to pump water around the buildings and grind corn for the local farmers.

A planning application for the regeneration scheme – including details of phase one which includes two retail sites and car parking – is expected to be lodged this summer.

Northallerton Prison dates back to 1780 and housed prisoners for more than 230 years before closing in 2013. Hambleton District Council bought the site from the Ministry of Justice in 2014 to secure a key strategic site close to the town centre for development.