Consultation on latest Minster neighbourhood plan starts

The neighbourhood plan for the area surrounding York Minster has now been updated to include a new use for buildings vacated by the closure of the Minster School.  

The revised plan is now available for consultation (click)

While the closure of the school will be regretted by many (the pupils have moved to St Peters) the buildings formerly occupied by the school do offer exciting opportunities for both Cathedral management and the York community more generally.

The main changes from previous drafts affect the main access to the Minster. This will revert to the South Door (opposite the end of Stonegate).

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A ticket office would be established at existing buildings on Deangate.

The old school building would become a Refectory (restaurant). This is a facility provided at most major Cathedrals and would be a useful addition to the visitor experience in York.  

There are plans for an outdoor seating area, while the school field could become a “pop up” exhibition space.

The consultation period lasts until 14th February 2021 and can be accessed by clicking here

The Holy Trinity Church lies to the rear of the Old School building.

Dating from the 14th Century it currently can only be accessed from Goodramgate.

blue plaque outside the church marks the occasion when Anne Lister and her partner Ann Walker took Holy Communion together at the church at Easter 1834 an event popularised in the recent TV series “Gentleman Jack”.

The church is very much a hidden gem but attracts 75% “Five Star” reviews on Trip Adviser from those who manage to find it.

We think that new access and interpretation arrangements for the Holy Trinity Church should be considered as part of the review of the neighbourhood plan. Holy Trinity is currently the maintenance responsibility of the Churches Conservation Trust.

Latest planning applications for the Westfield Ward

Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Westfield ward.

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference


114 Wetherby Road Acomb York YO26 5BY

Erection of detached outbuilding to rear to provide annexe accommodation

Ref. No: 20/02387/FUL 

Acomb Sports And Social Club The Green Acomb York YO26 5FG

Conditions 3, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 20 of 19/02690/FUL

Ref. No: AOD/20/00319 

These relate to the planning conditions for the York Bridge Club’s new clubhouse. Covers drainage, cycle parking, electric vehicle charging, construction management and the materials to be used.


18 Lown Hill York YO24 3DY

Single storey side and rear extension (part retrospective)

Ref. No: 20/02210/FUL 

Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning online web site.

NB. The Council no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received

Coronavirus York updates; 20th December 2020

Deaths and test results

No additional deaths have been announced by the York Hospital Trust today

FORTY NINE (49) additional positive test results have been announced today. Brings cumulative total to 6119. Some are cases backdated to 1st December

Rate /100k population rises to 84,2. It is expected to top 100 during next couple of days.

This is the highest level seen since late November – before lockdown was eased.

Only one neighbourhood now has an infection rate of fewer than 3 cases (Clifton North)

Against a background of generally increasing rates across the City (and country) one ward (Poppleton) has crept back above the 200 case threshold.

Moor Lane COVID vaccination centre open from tomorrow (Monday)

Nimbuscare Ltd, the York-based at scale primary care provider, said it will begin offering the Covid-19 vaccine to invited individuals from Monday.  

Priority groups will be offered the vaccine first. Two jabs will be required.

People arriving for a Covid vaccine injection will be asked to park their car, before being directed to the right area to receive the vaccine.

Map of new COVID restriction areas

COVID-19 Tier Map — Election Maps UK have updated their map. Click to access

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