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

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24 Walker Drive York YO24 3NE

Single storey rear extension

Ref. No: 20/00388/FUL 

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Hob Moor Community Primary School Green Lane Acomb York YO24 4PS

Condition 5 – 18/01475/GRG3

Ref. No: AOD/20/00052 

(NB. Relates to the installation of 3 bird nesting boxes)

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Acomb Bowling Club Front Street York

Conditions 10 (drainage), 14 (landscaping) and 17 (waste collection) – 18/00586/FULM

Ref. No: AOD/20/00045 

Reveals that the Council refuse lorry will not be able to access the site because of the narrow access road. A private waste management company will be used. Landscaping plan below.

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Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning online web site.  http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

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

Action needed on verges and roads

The Council will be publishing its highways resurfacing programme for the next financial year shortly. There is now a major backlog of work in the area. It is not just potholes that need filling. Large areas of carriageway and several footpaths need patching or resurfacing.

The present Council promised to reconstruct all highways in the City, so it will be interesting to see the extent of next years programme.

School Street remains in poor condition.
Verge damage in Dijon Avenue

Problems with verge damage in the Dijon Avenue area have escalated since building work started on the Lowfield site

Front Street back lane untidy

We have reported on previous occasions that the lane between the Front Street shops and Beaconsfield Street reflects badly on the area.

This is mainly down to poor waste handing and storage arrangements at some of the shops. Need a permanent fix now

Remains of arson attack
Unsightly, and potentially unhealthy, waste storage arrangements
We’ve asked for a “deep clean” of the gutters in the School Street area

Update from York Council on Corona virus

The Authority has now issued the following advice to Councillors;

“We continue to closely monitor the latest national advice and are in regular contact with Public Health England.

Of course, our priority is the health and wellbeing of staff, residents and visitors to our offices.

As usual, our incredible cleaning teams thoroughly clean council offices every night with disinfectant which kills germs and is effective against viruses. As ever, this will continue in line with best practice and public health advice.

Before you use your desk space and, as an extra precaution, please wipe your desk, keyboard and phone using the antibacterial wipes provided. Please also use the gel provided and ensure it and the wipes remain in place for colleagues to use.

We are continuing to share the national advice with council staff, partners, care homes, social care settings as well as schools, colleges and universities.

The health advice from the Government remains the same as yesterday:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. Don’t go to your GP or A&E.

Advice on staying at home is available at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

We will continue to keep you updated as much as we can, and ask that you keep looking at and signpost people to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus for the latest health information and advice.

There has been updated travel advice on school trips. Government guidance advises against all overseas trips for children under 18. It does not advise against domestic trips at this stage. We are in close and regular contact with all schools.

Foreign office travel advice for the general public is available at www.gov.uk/guidance/foreign-travel-checklist. Advice on specific countries is available at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

It is inevitable that someone you know will follow the latest health advice and self-isolate. We ask that everyone respects their privacy and protects their identity. They are doing the right and responsible thing by following government advice, and it is important we all support them as much as we can”.

The Council have also now produced a more comprehensive briefing which can be downloaded from this link

This is a link to a US advice list https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html

What’s on in York: Peterloo – the aftermath, York Lent Assizes, March 1820

Monday March 16th
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm 
Free
On March 16, 1820 the trial of ten of the leaders at Peterloo, charged with conspiracy to overturn the government, opened in York. The trial was nationally reported and the government’s position widely discredited.  In spite this, five were convicted … but of the lesser charge of seditious intent.

Inspired by family history, The Road to Peterloo is about a Britain where the 1815 Peace has rewarded the few but penalised the many, where workers are drawn into mass protest meetings and soldiers, billeted in London to prevent revolution, become caught up in a secretive world of plots and spies.

Join local author, Jacqueline Everett, to discuss the historical background to the Peterloo massacre of August 16, 1820 and its aftermath, and hear readings from her novel The Road to Peterloo.

More on funding for station front transformation

Artist's impression of York Station front

Council leaders have welcomed news that at least £14.5m funding has been secured to transform the front of York station into a fitting gateway to the city.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority has today confirmed that the scheme will be funded from its £317m allocation from the Transforming Cities Fund.

The fund aims to improve journeys by bus, rail, bike and on for up to 1.5 million people, supporting Zero Carbon ambitions while providing a 21st century transport network to create economic growth across the region.

Under the proposals, the redundant Queen Street Bridge would be removed to create the space for the changes, which include:

  • an improved transport interchange with separate arrival points for cars, buses, taxis and cyclists
  • moving the taxi-rank, drop-off points and short stay parking access to create car-free public spaces in Tea Room Square and a new ‘Station Square’
  • revealing hidden parts of the City Wall, the station and York Railway Institute’s buildings to offer a better setting for the city’s heritage
  • improved pedestrian and cycle routes, connecting to the new pedestrian and cycle path over Scarborough Bridge

For more information about York Station front  visit www.york.gov.uk/stationfront

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New care home in Burnholme York nears completion

A significant milestone is being celebrated in the development of a new state-of-the-art care home.

The new care home is set to provide older people in York with high quality residential, nursing and memory care.

A topping out event and naming ceremony took place at the 80-bed home in Burnholme, which will officially be called Mossdale Residence, to mark the beginning of the final phase of construction.

The facility was secured by City of York Council and is being brought forward by Morgan Sindall Later Living alongside development partners Pacy & Wheatley and Rider Levett Bucknall. Leading care home provider HC-One has been appointed to operate the care home.

Due to open this autumn, Mossdale Residence is an important part of York’s older persons’ accommodation programme which is working to ensure the city’s growing population of older people have access to a wide range of modern accommodation.

The care home will be part of a multi-million-pound health and wellbeing campus planned for the former Burnholme Community College site which will deliver care, health, library, community, a newly opened sports centre as well as new homes.

Burnholme Care Home was also recognised as part of the Government Property Profession awards, of which the Burnholme development was one of three shortlisted for Project of the Year.

York Council set to agree £21.282 million transport investment programme

The Councils transport capital programme is being allocated at a meeting taking place next week. The funding covers the 20/21 financial year and as capital expenditure it much be invested in assets which have an extended life expectancy.

Much of the funding comes from central government although the West Yorkshire Transport Fund will contribute over £8 million to dualling the outer ring road and the remodelling of the station forecourt. It is unclear what the future of this funding will be in the light of the announcement earlier in the week that West Yorkshire will get an elected mayor who will have control over strategy transport funding streams.

Some of the schemes are largely opaque. The Smarter Travel Evolution Programme (STEP) is funded by the National Productivity Investment Fund and aims to implement real- time monitoring and associated infrastructure to allow York to prepare for future transport measures such as connected and autonomous vehicles. The work planned for 2020/21 includes the development of the new transport model for York, and an upgrade of communications equipment across the city. Possibly not a priority for cyclists trying opt negotiate the latest crop of potholes.

The City has yet to hear how much – if any – of the government pothole fund will be allocated t the City. There is also no indication how much Local Transport Pan funding will go towards resurfacing roads and paths.

Including the Councils own resources, nearly £1 million has been located for cycling and pedestrian schemes. £500,000 of this was agreed last July but non has so far been invested. Much of this will be required to repair the neglect of the last 8 years.

The Piccadilly car park will become pay on exit. The programme of modernising traffic signals across the City will continue. Maintenance work will be carried out on Lendal Bridge during the year.

York Council’s longest empty property Ashbank set to be sold.

Council report on empty property avoids any comment on its own poor performance

The planning committee yesterday approved plans which would see the former Council offices at Ashbank on Shipton Road converted into apartments.

Ashbank has been empty since 2013.

The news comes a few days before a report on empty property in the City is due to be discussed by the Council’s Executive.

It follows claims in 2018 that the City had a relatively large number of empty properties. At the time that seemed – given local land and property prices – unlikely but the Council agreed to review the issue. The review wasn’t aimed at bringing unused space (e.g. floors above shops) into use but rather focused on those properties where empty property tax relief was being claimed.

Last September the Council increased the Council Tax liability on long term empty homes to 300%.

National statistics confirm that York has the second lowest level of empty homes in the country (after Oxford).

The Council claims that it has helped to bring back in to use 45 long term empty properties, through advice and assistance, since April 2017.

An audit of properties shown as empty on the Council tax database found that 43% of those visited so far are either occupied or about to be occupied.

Only 150 (27%) of properties visited were found to be empty. Nearly half of these empty homes were undergoing refurbishment, currently up for sale or let or awaiting site redevelopment.

 In only 10% of the cases (15 properties) the owner appeared to have no immediate plans to bring the property back in to use.

One unintended consequence of the audit may be that some owners, who have been claiming empty property tax relief, may find that they now receive a substantial bill.

The report pointedly fails to mention the Councils own housing stock. Leaving aside delays in re-letting Council houses, the list of empty properties owned by the Council – which includes some residential homes – clearly merits further investigation.

Whether the Council’s Executive will order a probe into their own performance will become clear at next Thursday’s meeting

Comparisons
Reasons property unoccupied