“A Fresh Approach” – The LibDem alternative to Labours Local Plan

York Central Liberal Democrats have published today the representations that they have made opposing Labours “high growth” plans for the City.

Labour propose to increase the size of York by 25% during the next 15 years. Up to 22,000 new homes are planned. The majority would be built on Green Belt land and would be occupied by inward migrants.

The Liberal Democrat alternative suggests that job growth, house building numbers and population plans must be clearly linked.

Between 600 and 800 additional homes would be built each year with growth in jobs directly linked to this figure and implemented at a pace which recognises the need to improve transport, education, and health facilities.

Local residents backing the "save the green belt" campaign

Local residents backing the “save the green belt” campaign

The LibDems say that around 6000 more homes could be built on brownfield sites and have identified many new potential locations which would avoid the need to build in the Green Belt. Many of these would be “windfall” opportunities of the type that have produced, on average, 350 new homes a year in the City over the last decade.

The Labour Council is accused of trying to impose a new town blueprint onto an historic City landscape.

The complete response can be read by clicking the following link http://tinyurl.com/Local-Plan-A-fresh-approach

All comments on the proposals have to be received by the Council TODAY (Wednesday 31st July).

They should be emailed to localplan@york.gov.uk

The sites which could be used for housing but which are excluded from Labour plans are listed as:


• “ a new approach to bringing into residential use empty commercial property in the City centre with the potential for 800 units,

• sites given residential planning permission with changed conditions on appeal (e.g. 200 homes on the grain stores site at Clifton) ,

• the potential reuse for residential of the – brownfield- Law College site, Oliver House and the Ryedale building in Piccadilly.

• a planning application for 37 flats on Piccadilly

• Conversion of the Press Offices in Walmgate into 350 flats

• Conversion of commercial property in Beaconsfield Street into 5 residential units together with several other similar commercial to residential applications in the Front Street area.

• Updated capacity figures such as the increase on site H10 (Barbican) from 56 units to 187 homes.

• Higher densities, compared to the numbers in the Local Plan, such as the increase from 29 units to 56 on the Our Lady’s school site (Windsor Garth) announced by Yorkshire Housing on 24th July, as well as

• the use of the garage sites on Newbury Avenue and Chaloners Road (which were excluded from the Council’s original list of development sites published in April).

In addition, there are numerous opportunities for “micro” developments.

These are locations, many of which were submitted in response to the search for sites papers issued by the Council in 2012, that were judged to be too small to be assessed individually and therefore were not included in the planning totals.

In addition, comparing the 2013 proposals with the housing locations and numbers agreed in 2011, there are several brownfield sites which are not being fully exploited (e.g. Millfield Ind. Est. Wheldrake, British Sugar/Manor School, Bootham Crescent, Brecks Lane, Strensall, Sessions & York Central)”.

10 thoughts on ““A Fresh Approach” – The LibDem alternative to Labours Local Plan

  1. Paul Cordock says:

    Good to see that we are on ‘the same page’ with much of this analysis, Steve 😉

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