The media are reporting that there will be further delays before the “Hob Stones” development will be occupied. The development, located on the former Our Lady’s school site next to Hob Moor, has been branded the unluckiest development in Yorkshire.
The school closed in 2012
The high density development was subject to objections from local residents and amenity groups when it sought planning permission in 2013.
Building work started in May 2014.
Later the appointed building contractors went bust adding another 18 months to the development timetable.
Now it appears that some of the houses, and an access road, have not been built in the correct positions. Although the variances are claimed to be very small it means that a retrospective planning application will be needed to regularise the situation.
This will mean a further delay of about 3 months before the homes are occupied.
The development has been heavily criticised by neighbouring residents who have lived with a “nightmare” of poorly parked vehicles, road damage and congestion caused by building trucks for the last three years.
At the time of writing no revised planning application had been submitted by the developers Yorkshire Housing to the York Council.