Anyone thinking of going shopping at Monks Cross should beware of the redevelopment work that is going on . The area around Boots is particularly chaotic this week with no accessible bicycle parking and facilities for pedestrians less than ideal.
Possibly a short term boost for City Centre and Front Street traders.
Hopefully the bosses at Monk Cross will get things sorted out before the IMAX cinema opens in December.
Homes to be built on former
Civil Service Sports Ground
Miller Homes have won a planning appeal which will see 266 homes built on Green Belt land. The site lies between Millfield Lane and Boroughbridge Road. 30% of the homes to be built will be classified as “affordable”
The results of the planning appeal went against the views of local conservationists . Consequently a key greenfield site will be lost following the ruling by the planning inspector.
The decision will effectively sever the green wedge which currently
separates the City from Poppleton.
The York Council did not resist the appeal which was made against “non determination”. The application had been outstanding since 2014
Objectors had hoped to put their case to the inspectors who
will be looking at the Councils draft Local Plan over the next few weeks.
The inspector concluded that there would be a “considerable
loss of openness if the proposal was agreed”.
The decision – taken with the plan to develop the former
school and sugar factory sites on Boroughbridge Road – will have a major impact
on transport in the area.
Hopes that more land would be allocated for open space and a park have received a major setback.
The Inspector concluded “that very special circumstances exist to
justify inappropriate development in the Green Belt”.
It is unclear how the costs of the inquiry will be met.