The examination in public of York’s Draft Local Plan has commenced. It is taking place in the Gimcrack Room at York Racecourse.
There is a large seating space allocated for the general public.
The sessions recommence at 9.00am on Monday when the Green
Belt boundaries are likely to be considered at length.
This week the inquiry has mainly considered the position of several
land owners and developers all of whom are desperate for their particular track
of land to be zoned for house building. Such a designation can raise values by
over 100x so not surprisingly those vested interests are well represented by
professionals. Millions of pounds are at stake.
Ranged against them is the York Council as its advisors. It
will defend the assumptions included in the Local Plan which has taken over a
decade to be drawn up.
Actively involved in the debate will be amenity societies, Councillors and ordinary residents. Many will make the case for the conservation of green areas pointing to the importance of the existing Green Belt in preserving York’s unique character.
At times, such inquires can be tedious and repetitive.
It looks increasingly likely that the Council will abandon its attempt to find a developer who is prepared to provide and run an elderly persons care home on the Lowfields site.
Part of the old school building section of the site has been reserved for the provision of a new care home since 2010.
It was announced earlier in the year that no tenders had been received for provision of the home
The Councils own resources are tied up in other projects including the Lincoln Court redevelopment (see below).
A report to a meeting next week says that the greatest demand for older people is for independent living one bedroomed flats and bungalows. Some of these are already schedule to be built at Lowfields but it seems that more may now be provided on the reserved care home site.
Such a decision would be in line with the plans announced in 2010 but it is unlikely to impress those who have been affected by the indecision of the last 10 years. .
“The planning approval for the Lowfield Green development includes outline approval for an 80-bed care home. It had originally been envisioned that a care home developer would be procured to build on the site, with the Council buying 25 dementia and Nursing care beds back at the Council’s Actual Cost of Care rates.
A procurement exercise to deliver this failed to attract any compliant bids.
At a similar time, Officers were completing research with
our older residents about their accommodation preferences.
This research highlights residents desire to live independently with care and support available where needed. Officers have since been working to establish how best to develop Older Persons’ Accommodation on the site, which will support those with care needs and also complement the surrounding high-quality mixed tenure accommodation.
A report is expected to be presented to the executive in spring 2020”.
The change of approach is the latest in a series of reverses which have affected the controversial development. Residents strongly opposed building on the sports pitch at the site.
The Council responded by offering inducements including a local Police station and health centre. Neither materialised.
Plans for a “communal” housing development are also in delay.
Work on building houses on the sports pitch section of the site are expected to start in January, although its is now thought that building works, across the whole site, may continue for 5 years or longer.
We revealed yesterday that the Council is also set to abandon its plans to build a new care home on the Oakhaven site.
The planning application states, “The proposed replacement plant is to facilitate ongoing sustainability initiatives within the Co-op Group providing smaller, quieter, and more efficient plant across local convenience stores. The shop front redecoration work is to facilitate ongoing sustainability initiatives within the Co-op group providing maintenance, upkeep and branding requirements across the local stores.
The new replacement plant will have minimal visual impact on site as it is to be installed within the existing fenced compound at the existing location to the rear service yard. The shop front redecoration will improve the visual impact on site providing freshness to the existing deteriorating and discolouring paintwork to the façade, window and door frames”.
“34 Prior to the commencement of the development hereby authorised above foundation level a scheme for the provision of affordable housing units within the development shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.
The development shall thenceforth be undertaken in strict accordance with the details thereby approved prior to the first residential unit being occupied”.
Strangely the papers published for this specific application on the Councils planning web site do not include a listing of the affordable housing units or their distribution on the site, although these details are available elsewhere.
Lincoln Court Ascot Way York YO24 4RA
Variation of condition 2 of permitted application 19/00083/FULM to provide additional windows and alter fire exit arrangements within the north eastern elevation and stairwell and external air conditioning unit at first floor level on eastern elevation.
The council has submitted its plans to create a new public park at the rear of the Castle Museum, a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Foss, commercial spaces for local independent traders, and 106 new apartments, including new council housing.
This is another major milestone in the delivery of the regeneration of the Castle Gateway. As well as bringing life to the old Castle Mills car park site and a place for growing York businesses on Piccadilly, the residential development would fund the construction of a new multi-storey car park on St George’s Field.
This parking would then allow Castle car park to close and be replaced by additional public space.
The Castle Mills plans would see two residential apartment blocks built, with the entire southern block of 20 apartments being new council housing. The northern block will include 86 flats ranging in size from 1 bed apartments to 2 bed duplexes. The ground floor of both apartment blocks will feature commercial spaces.
The council are taking a lead on environmental sustainability, with homes benefiting from renewable energy sources and the proposals providing a car free development with high level of cycle parking.
The proposals also include a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the river Foss linking up with the new pedestrian/cycle crossing over the inner ring and connecting up wider cycle routes to create safer and sustainable journeys in to and through the city centre.
The bridge will also link across to the area at the rear of the Castle Museum. This space, which is currently part of the museum grounds, will be opened to the public as a new riverside park, creating a place to relax in the shadow of the Castle Walls.
The proposals have been shaped and developed with stakeholders, partners and residents through the innovative My Castle Gateway public engagement project. The design will create new landmark riverside buildings for Piccadilly whilst generating the financial return to help pay for the regeneration proposals for the Castle Gateway.
The main features of the masterplan are:
replacing Castle Car Park with a multi-storey car park and visitor arrival point on St George’s Field
Castle Car Park and the Eye of York to become a new public space, hosting events throughout the year
a new residential and leisure building visually enhancing and covering the servicing yard at the rear of the Coppergate Centre
a new riverside walk by the Foss from the south of the city and a pedestrian/cycle bridge connecting with Piccadilly
bringing life to the Foss Basin, including a new apartment development
new commercial and residential developments on the sites of Castle Mills Car Park and 17-21 Piccadilly
significant improvements to public spaces and streets throughout the area
After the planning application has been validated by the council’s planning team in the coming days, it will be available to view at www.york.gov.uk/planning under reference number 19/02415/FUL
York St John University is seeking planning permission to replace the existing two outdoor tennis/netball courts with thee indoor tennis courts at the Mille Crux Sports Park at Haxby Road.
The application site comprises of an area occupied by two macadam surfaced outdoor courts to the east of the existing Hub building and sports hall. The courts are used for netball and tennis and are enclosed by 3m fencing and illuminated by 6 floodlights on 10m high masts. The site also includes a strip of playing field to the south of the courts and a section of the footpath to the north of the courts.
The application, which is recommended for approval, is being considered by the local planning committee on 5th December
York St John say they will implement a broad ranging Tennis Development Plan that will help support and maximising tennis participation at the facility for University students and local players of all ages and ability. The Plan will ensure the new facility will secure year round benefits to tennis in York across a wide range of areas, including;
A student tennis programme providing sessions for players of all standard from recreational tennis to BUCS team matches
An indoor coaching programme encompassing mini and junior tennis through to adult coaching
Development of effective links with local schools, providing opportunities for children to try tennis, and participate in programmes and competitions
Establishing weekly disability coaching sessions and competitions in connection with the York Disability Tennis Network
Enhance existing tennis programmes/clubs in the area, including the provision of access to local clubs through the winter
Providing an all year round competition venue, giving players within York and the surrounding area more competitive opportunities and providing a central venue for events
Providing a facility to host coaching education courses, and establishing and managing a workforce with the skills to facilitate tennis development
The university have worked in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association and the scheme has been partially funded by them.
The Council says that it is considered appropriate to attach a condition securing adequate community use of the facilities.
Principal (Royal York) Hotel set to expand
The same meeting will hear an application from the Principal Hotel on Station Road to erect a 4-storey extension to create 45 bedrooms and reception/entrance space, reconfigured car parking and landscaping.
This application is also recommended for approval although the York Civic Trust has recorded an objection