New Local Plan

Labour have revealed that 2 new Gypsy (Traveller) sites will be established during the next 5 years on land described by the Council as being located between the A1237 (Moor Lane) and the  Rufforth (B1224).

More transparently it is located about halfway between the York boundary and Rufforth on Wetherby Road

There will be a total of 30 pitches at the sites.

These sites were not subject to consultation last year and  seem to have appeared out of the blue.

Copies of the new Plan can be downloaded by clicking here




Labour still planning population growth of 40,000 in York over next 15 years.

5000 homes lopped from Local Plan following unprecedented number of objections

Labour have revealed a “new” Local Plan which commits them to building around 1000 home s per year on average during the next 15 years.

A higher rate is planned of the next 6 years

This means that the size of the City will increase by over 20% during the period up to 2030.

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Net internal population growth (births minus deaths) is around 1000 a year on average

With home occupancy at over 2 persons per dwelling, this generates a demand for around 500 additional homes each year.

The others will be occupied by inward migrants.

The Council statement says,

“In order to continue maximising the delivery of housing, new targets have been proposed in the plan to a minimum of 996 homes per annum over the Local Plan period. For the first six years sufficient land will be earmarked to build 1,170 homes per annum, delivering 16,980 over the life time of the plan, to accommodate a population growth of around 40,000 people over the next 15-years

The previous target was 1090 – 1250 new and affordable homes per year up to 2030. Amendments to the portfolio of sites reflect up to date evidence base work. Approach to density is National Planning Policy framework (NPPF) compliant”.

National Champion returns one year on for Sky Ride York

Russell Downing, English road-racer and 2013 National Circuit Race Champion will be attending Sky Ride York. Sky Ride will see thousands of cyclists pedal round the city’s historic streets.


russell downing at the 2013 circuit race championships in york

The 36-year-old Yorkshire cyclist, who won the 2013 National Circuit Race Championships in York, will return to the city on Sunday, only this time he won’t be racing. Russell will be lining up with thousands of local residents and visitors to participate in Sky Ride York big bike event on Sunday 14 September.

Roman-style dinner to reveal York’s classical past

New light will be shone on York’s fourth century leisure complex as part of this year’s classically-themed Big City Read held by Explore York Libraries and Archives.

While this summer’s book The Orpheus Descent by York author Tom Harper delves into the myths of Greek classical history, this dining event explores York’s Roman history. The one-off talk and dinner will be held at the National Trust Treasurer’s House near a rich seam of Roman remains including the nearby former baths and gymnasium.

Walmgate road-works anger

road works

Sleepless nights as work overruns evening deadline

For the second night running, resurfacing works near Walmgate Bar have extended beyond the 11:00pm deadline.

Local residents have complained that they had been given no notice of the changes to working hours which were announced 2 weeks ago.

Earlier in the week a fractured water main was blamed for congestion but the Council have yet to explain the cause of the latest delays.

The Council originally said that works would be restricted to the period between the hours of 6.30pm and 11.00pm.

The works are scheduled to be finished by 19th September.

For details any emergency works on Walmgateafter 11pm @YorkshireWater @YWHelp can advise

— City of York Council (@CityofYork) September 12, 2014