Delays in commisioning new football pitches near Sim Balk Lane could delay the occupation of houses at Lowfields. The pitches, part of a Bishopthorpe FC expansion project, were part funded by developer contributions from Lowfields.
The Council at the time argued that the pitches would replace those lost at Lowfields.
One of the conditions attached to the granting of the Lowfields development was that the homes there would not be occupied until the new pitches had been brought into use.
It has now emerged that completion of the Sim Balk Lane scheme is delayed.
Essential work to the adjacent cycle track, – which provides a link to a parking area – has not been started.
The work proposed includes widening and resurfacing of the path down to the underpass, resurfacing of damaged areas, installation of bulkhead lighting to the underside of the underpass and the repainting of the underpass walls. There will apparently also be a a proposal for a “community mural” provided by Sustrans.
The work will require approval by the Council and is unlikely to be completed until late in the year.
The developers say that they have already installed new bins as part of the project which has helped reduce the littering issue in that area.
The planning permission for Lowfields included the following condition.
34 No dwelling within the red line area highlighted on the attached plan (insert plan reference ) shall be occupied until three replacement football pitches of the same size as those on land subject to this planning application, have been created. The three pitches shall be on land ‘To The South East Of 235 Tadcaster Road’, subject planning permission Ref. No. 18/00251/FUL. The completed works shall include all levelling, drainage, ground preparation and grass seeding worksApplication ref 17/02429/OUTM
Reason:- To ensure that appropriate replacement playing pitch facilities are provided for those lost in association with the development and to secure compliance with paragraphs 73 and 74 of the NPPF.
Separately the Council claimed earlier in the week that all available properties at Lowfields had been reserved by prospective purchasers.