Latest planning application 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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9 Ascot Court, Gale Lane, York YO24 3AE

Installation of balcony to first floor rear elevation and replace existing window with French doors

Reference   20/01877/FUL

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

York presses on with Local Plan

City of York Council have today written to their appointed planning inspectors as part of the examination process of the Local Plan.

The Local Plan will provide a framework to guide and promote development, and to protect the quality of York’s unique historic, natural and built environment. The document will set strategic priorities for the whole city and forms the basis for planning decisions for the next 15 years and beyond.

The Council have now completed the technical work required to provide an update on household growth and housing need in the city in response to the Inspector’s July letter regarding the latest household projections released by the Office for National Statistics this year.

Using the recent publication of updated household projections, including taking into account the latest demographic and economic trends, the Council has determined that the housing need in York has not changed materially since the last assessment in January 2019.

The previous report identified a need for 790 dwellings per annum (dpa) and the economic-led need within this new report is as high as 788 dpa. We therefore continue to support our proposed modification to the plan for a housing requirement of 822 dpa (790 dpa objectively assessed housing need plus a shortfall of 32 dpa) as discussed at our phase one hearing sessions in December 2019.

The letter also states the Council continues to work on a response to the concerns expressed in a letter on 12 June 2020 regarding the methodology for determining Green Belt boundaries.

The Council is updating the Green Belt Topic Paper Addendum and its Annexes to simplify and clarify the methodology.

That work has not at this stage revealed any need for significant changes to the proposed Green Belt boundaries.

The letter also confirms the Habitat Regulation Assessment (HRA), has been completed but is with Natural England, our statutory consultee, for their view on the conclusions reached. Following their response, the HRA will be submitted as soon as possible and we will engage with interested parties on the conclusions set out in the report.

The full letter can be viewed at www.york.gov.uk/localplanexamination  

City of York Council Executive Member for Finance and Performance, Councilor Nigel Ayre, said:
“We are committed to delivering a sound Local Plan for the city as soon as possible.

“I would like to thank City of York Council’s planning officers and the Government inspectors who continue to progress the plan throughout these uniquely difficult times.”

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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12 Otterwood Lane York YO24 3JR

Single storey side and rear extension to create self-contained annex accommodation.

Reference   20/01822/FUL

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

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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Telecommunications Mast Opposite Acomb Gables York Road Acomb York

Erection of 20.0m mast supporting 6 no antennas, together with ground-based equipment cabinets and ancillary development

Ref. No: 20/01776/TCMAS 

This an application to site a 20 metre high phone mast on York Road. It is technically in the Acomb Ward but may impact on Westfield residents. NB. The mast is higher than the existing mature trees in the area and may therefore be visible from some distance.

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36 Rosemary Road York YO24 3FN

Erection of 1no. detached 2.5 storey dwelling (Plot 1, Lowfields Green)

Ref. No: 20/01673/FUL 

This an application relating to the fourth of the six self build plots allocated to the rear of Tudor Road on the Lowfields development. It is classified as being 2.5 storeys high but comes within the height limitation applicable to this development (see extract).  

36 Rosemary Road

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

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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The Beehive (Centre of Excellence for the Disabled)  Ascot Way York YO24 4QZ

Condition 10 of 18/01467/GRG3

Ref. No: AOD/20/00240 

  1. NB This relates to kitchen odour control measures

14 Wenham Road York YO24 3GH

Replacement of existing timber windows with UPVC at 14, 16 and 20 Wenham Road

Ref. No: 20/01743/FUL

1 Teal Drive York YO24 3GQ

Replacement of existing timber windows with UPVC at 1, 3 , 4, 6, 26 and 28 Teal Drive, YO24 3GQ

Ref. No: 20/01612/FUL 

NB The above applications for new windows relate to blocks of FLATS. Planning permission is not normally required for a change of windows at HOUSES unless they are Listed or located in a Conservation Area.

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32 Rosemary Road York YO24 3FN

Erection of 1no. two storey detached dwelling (Plot 4 Former Lowfield School site)

Ref. No: 20/01573/FUL 

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34 Rosemary Road York YO24 3FN

Erection of 1no detached dwelling (Plot 2 Former Lowfield School site)

Ref. No: 20/01697/FUL 

NB. These Rosemary Road applications relate to “self-build” units which will be constructed to the rear of Tudor Road. Planning applications have now been submitted for 3 of the available 6 plots. While many may feel that the designs bring some welcome high-quality innovation to the site, the main problem with self build schemes can be the length of time it takes to complete work. If this can be overcome, then the allocation of additional self build plots, using the land which was reserved for Yorspace (communal housing), might be a useful step towards the early completion of building works across the site as a whole.

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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

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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61A Gale Lane York YO24 3AD

Conditions 3, 14, 15 & 16 of 20/00494/FULM

Ref. No: AOD/20/00231 

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9 Branton Place York YO26 5BQ

Erection of single storey extension extending 6.00 metres beyond the rear wall of the original house, with a height to the eaves of 2.40 metres and a total height of 3.40 metres

Ref. No: 20/01647/LHE 

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119 Foxwood Lane York YO24 3LQ

Single and two storey side extension, porch to front, single storey rear extension

Ref. No: 20/01617/FUL 

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6 The Green Acomb York YO26 5LR

Replacement roof to single storey rear projection, raising of roof to garage to create annex

Ref. No: 20/01553/FUL 

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29 Bradley Drive York YO24 3NX

Two storey rear extension

Ref. No: 20/01565/FUL 

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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

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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19 Otterwood Lane York YO24 3JP

Two storey side extension and single storey front and rear extensions

Reference   20/01525/FUL

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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/

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

No rent paid for 5 years on Container Village

According to a local community blog published in Brixton, London, the local version of the “container village” hasn’t paid any rent to the Lambeth Council for 5 years.

“Pop Brixton” was used as a paradigm when the York Spark owners were trying to persuade the York Council and its planning committee that siting shipping containers in a conservation area was a good idea.

Like Brixton, the operators offered to rent the Piccadilly site from the Council and to share in the ventures profits.

An FOI response to the “Brixton Buzz has revealed that a similar deal there produced no income for the local authority.

Now, like in York, monthly rental payments are being sought by Lambeth Council.

A Freedom of Information request was submitted to the York Council on 25th August asking the authority to confirm that the terms of a new lease – agreed in February – have been fulfilled by the site occupiers.

Spark operated on a “tenancy at will” basis earlier in the summer following its closure during the health crisis. Its original lease expired on 1st July 2020

Queue to get into Spark last month

Giant phone mast refused planning permission

Residents have won their battle to prevent a huge 5G phone mast being erected on Bellhouse Way.

The 20 metre high mast would have been located next to the Foxwood Community Centre.

The proposal from Hutchinson/Clarke Telecom was heavily criticised by the residents association, ward Councillors and neighbours. They were concerned that the mast would dominate the residential streetscape, affect footpath widths, impede sight lines and could have facilitated criminals to use the cabinets to gain access to nearby properties.

The Council gives the impact on visual amenity as its main reason for refusing the application. The full decision notice can be read by clicking here

While the Telecoms Company could appeal against the decision we hope that they will now stand back and reflect.

A more obvious location for their mast would be on Foxwood Lane next to the Thanet Road sports area.This is well away from the nearest dwelling.

The existing mast cabinets could be moved there as could those which are currently located at the entrance to the Rugby Club car park (which also cause sight line problems for drivers).

Still, at least in this case, the Council seems to have heeded the views of the local community.

Conservation controversy on Piccadilly

The decision by the planning committee last week to allow the replacement of the old tax office (Swinson House) on Piccadilly with a modern hotel, has prompted a debate about the boundaries of the central York Conservation area.

Central York Conservation Area

Some say that the loss of the 30’s building – together with other developments on the street not least the ugly Spark container village – means that the street now has little conservation merit.

They have a point.

The current Conservation Area appraisal for the historic core – which can be read by clicking here – lumps Piccadilly in with the Castle as a character area.

A detailed analysis (click) goes further.

Piccadilly is rather a barren street, lacking trees or visible greenery and dominated by large buildings. The Foss is very much hidden behind buildings which back directly onto it, a legacy from its industrial past. This means there is almost no public access to the river; the exception is the Travelodge by Castle Mills Bridge. The large buildings and their positioning also block views to the Castle, only a glimpse of which is possible from Piccadilly Bridge.

The tax office is not identified as a building of merit. The Red Lion pub is as was the, now long gone  Airspeed/Trolleybus shed on the site of which Spark now park their shipping containers.

Council decision sparked criticism

One of the suggestions in the assessment, which have been largely ignored over the last 10 years, was the need for more tree planting on the street.

Whether the time is right to take Piccadilly out of the Conservation Area is a matter of opinion.

There will be those who think that Council resources could be better deployed at this difficult time. Planning permissions which have been granted – and not implemented – can be superseded by new proposals. There must, for example,  be a limit on how many modern hotels the City can sustain.

Perhaps the Conservation area status gives greater weight to those who seek a quality approach to the regeneration of the Piccadilly area.

Certainly at present it is little more than a blot on the streetscape.

Piccadilly