Further research suggests that Yorkshire Housings plans, to shoehorn 56 new homes onto the site of the former Our Lady’s school, could involve densities of 82 dwelling per hectare (dph)
This far exceeds the guidelines set out in the Council draft Local Plan.
Even City centre locations – where blocks of flats increase densities – rarely exceed 80
The Local Plan recommendations on housing densities are:
• City Centre and City Centre Extension Zone: 80-100 dwellings per hectare
• York urban area: 50 dwellings per hectare This includes site like Our Lady’s
• Major Expansion Areas and New Settlements: 50 Dwellings per hectare
• Suburban area (incl. Haxby & Wigginton): 40 dwellings per hectare
• Rural and Villages: 30 dwellings per hectare
The published draft local plan envisaged 29 dwellings on the site.
The latest drawing also suggest that the playing fields will be built on while the nature reserve, established by the school, is also threatened.
We know that Council officials have been consulted on these controversial proposals.
It remains to be seen why they have been allowed to progress to the public consultation stage.
Leaflets advertising an exhibition of the proposals are being circulated. It will take place between 3pm – 6pm on Tuesday the 30th July, 2013 at: Acorn ARL Sports and Social Club on Thanet Road.