The Council has revealed that it intends to opt out of changes to planning laws which would have allowed building owners to change use from commercial to residential without the expense involved in submitting a planning application.
The move is likely to be a blow to those hoping to bring empty commercial properties back into use.
The Council say that demand for city centre business premises is buoyant in York.
Their case can be read here
The number of people on the council housing waiting list in York is now 4720