Employment and Job Creation: Woodmansey has been a centre for job creation and today there is more than 5000 jobs in the parish, employment hubs that include Tokenspire Business Park in the north of the village and Woodmansey Business Park at Plaxton Bridge in the south. These two sites combined have in excess of 1500 jobs and should be recognised as the long term and permanent employment zones that they are in the NDP’s plan and should be encouraged to grow by supporting the creation of more industrial buildings as Flood 2 Areas can accommodate employment land with few restrictions.
Employment Zones – There is a shortage of “starter units” from 1000 to 5000 sqft with office and hi-tech facilities. “Green environment location offices” instead of being in city centres would be provided in the village.
Internet – Super-fast local broadband connection encourages technology hubs to attract media and communication business.
Care Homes/Sheltered Housing – The aging population creates jobs and care offers in various packages-Serviced Care Homes /A community Retirement Village /Assisted Living / Retirement Zone in a safe quiet village setting.
Retail – Woodmansey Garden Centre has a butchers shop, a large café and a wide range of seasonal offers. Coletta & Tyson a very important plant wholesale distributor largest and another large employer in the area, committing and contributing millions to Woodmansey’s prosperity.
Infrastructure – Problems with flood, sewerage and surface water are urgently in need of updating and we have an opportunity to correct in the form of development.
- drains and surface water facilities have not been updated for many years-could they be linked to Barmston drain?
- ponds and lagoons could be incorporated into the scheme to address high water concerns and create visual enhancements.
- the village sewerage pumping station has been situated for many years in the centre of houses and now has the opportunity to be relocated to a new position within the NDP area.
- there are Green Energy Generators located on Woodmansey Business Park.
- good public transport and cycle routes through the village.
Safety enhancements could include:
- introduction of speed camera on an averaging basis
- possible roundabout at long lane
- speed awareness electronic signs.
Sports Facilities – Woodmansey has very limited sporting and leisure facilities and through the plan we need to address the non-commercial needs of the village. The village would benefit from some of the following: multi surface sports facility adjacent to the school and of a size that could offer to the village tennis / football / hockey / netball, encouraging team sports and health.
Home Insurance – We as a village have home insurance difficulties on old properties in river flood risk areas.
Housing Development in Woodmansey – It is important to convey to local council the importance of the shared development. There will be CIL support in place to help community projects, this is not committed to Woodmansey and is up for grabs for “live” projects. The ‘106 Agreement’ is a law that encourages developers to build in the registered development areas. This may change and we need to explore how it fits into our existing Neighbourhood Plan. 88 new houses within the Woodmansey NDP zone have recently been approved. 44 of these currently under construction are outside our Neighbourhood Plan area and will not contribute to a shared development.
Lakes and Ponds – This area of the Neighbourhood Plan for Woodmansey has the potential to confront a major local issues: environmental drainage. We need local ponds creating and including within the development and included in the plan. This has the added benefit of pleasant and enhancing landscaping. This will further add to the proposed “green walks and cycle paths” in the NDP, linking dwelling and work zones together.
Medical Facilities in Woodmansey – The NHS already have a report pending in its East Riding Strategy Document and a Medical Centre in Woodmansey is not an unfeasible proposition. This could include and integrate: drop-in clinic, retirement/care and dental care.
How could all this work? – The commercial units and shops would provide jobs. Development/employment land is allocated already as it will be Flood 3 or less valuable areas. The School, church and sports facilities will need support from the development. Landscaping and ponds will need to be provided through shared development. It is important to confirm to all parties involved: developers, villagers and land owners, that this is a shared development and a partnership and is only achievable in this format, not as piecemeal plots.