Our Lady’s school site development plan shock

Our Lady's school

Our Lady’s school

It looks like the York Council will finally reveal the building plans for the former Our Lady’s school site on Windsor Garth next week.

The published draft Local Plan says (at page 108 of the preferred options paper) that 29 new dwellings are scheduled to be built on the 0.68 ha “footprint” of the old buildings.

We understand that Yorkshire Housing may tell local residents that they intend to build almost double that number, raising big question marks about the capacity of roads and other infrastructure to cope.

There will also be concerns about the impact that such a large scale development would have on the adjacent green fields and Hob Moor itself.

The Council is being heavily criticised for its Local Plan which would see around 1100 additional homes built each year in the City with the majority likely to be occupied by inward migrants from other parts of the UK and Europe.

Labour confirm big hike in warden call charges in York

York’s warden call and telecare customers will pay new charges for the services from September.

We warned some months ago that disabled and vulnerable residents were being targeted by Labour for price increases.

Warden Call provides a 24 hour monitoring and response service to customers in York. The telecare service provides a 24 monitoring and response service for customers who, in addition to the standard warden call service, have at least one piece of telecare equipment – such as fall detectors – installed.


Time for a tidy up?

With the temperatures now on the decline for a little while at least, we’ve been reporting the problems that some public services have been having.

You can report issues such as graffiti, litter and fly tipping from your mobile phone using the Councils system

Litter at Gale Lane junction

Litter at Gale Lane junction

Weed growth in Milner Street

Weed growth in Milner Street

Litter in Acomb Car Park

Litter in Acomb Car Park

There are alternative systems.

Perhaps the best is a “My Council” app.

This allows a large range of issues to be raised with the York (and other) Councils. Click here for details. Issues can be reported either “on line” of via a mobile phone app in “real time”

The well established “fix my street” web site also promises that they will have an app available shortly. In the meantime you can report issues by clicking here

Both systems seem to be more user friendly than the York Councils labyrinthine internal “report it” system

Latest Planning applications Westfield

Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council last week. There were no applications in the Acomb Ward.

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference

Location: 6 Middleton Road York YO24 3AS Ref No: 13/02396/LHE Proposal: Erection of single storey extension extending 4 metres beyond the rear wall of the original house, with a height to the eaves of 2.300 metres and a total height of 3.300 metres Applicant: Mr And Mrs Thomas Contact Coral Windows Consultation Expiry Date 12 August 2013 Case Officer: Elizabeth Potter Expected Decision Level DEL

Location: 66 Slessor Road York YO24 3JG Ref No: 13/02384/FUL Proposal: Two storey and single storey side extension and erection of boundary wall (resubmission) Applicant: Miss Lisa Swift Consultation Expiry Date 12 August 2013 Case Officer: Heather Fairy (Mon – Wed) Expected Decision Level DEL

Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site. http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

NB. The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received.