May be demolished later in the year
Following our story yesterday, it has emerged that the former elderly persons home at Grove House could be placed on the open market for sale as soon as next month.
The property is currently empty.
Council officials are saying though, because planning permission will be needed if, as expected, houses are to be built on the site, it could be the middle of 2017 before redevelopment work starts.
The Council may decide to demolish the buildings in the interim.
It looks like the York Council will be considering reintroducing traffic restrictions on Coppergate at a meeting taking place on 30th June.
The restrictions were effectively suspended following a legal decision that they were not properly signed and that the use of ANPR enforcement cameras was therefore unlawful.
Coppergate – Time to move on
The Council had to agree to repay fines of over £385,000.
Since the legal ruling, restriction signs have remained in place but the cameras remain switched off. The police have not been enforcing restrictions because of the uncertain legal position.
Most observers feel that the present situation – where the access restrictions are effectively advisory – probably represents a step forward and many will resist any further tinkering by the York Council.
A July deadline has been set for the publication of detailed design, project costs and lease / financing proposals for the Guildhall.
The complex has been largely unused for over 2 years now.
The current plans involve refurbishment and part redevelopment of the Guildhall complex.
Ongoing use of the Council chamber – by the Council – has been agreed, but the proposals also involve the “creation of a business club, serviced office venue and associated cafe / restaurant units”.
The retention of public access to the historic parts of the site has been generally welcomed.
However, the failure of the new coalition administration, 12 months ago, to seek open market interest in the modern part of the site has led to widespread concern.
An opportunity it to maximise income by providing residential accommodation on the site appears to have been lost.
Taxpayers therefore still face a potential bill of up to £7 million.
Residents will be hoping that the final proposals will eliminate this subsidy and transfer any risk to commercial developers