Latest Planning applications for Acomb and Westfield Wards

Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Acomb and Westfield wards.

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference

Acomb
Location: 22 Cranbrook Road York YO26 5JA

Proposal: Single storey side and rear extension

Ref No: 13/03330/FUL
Applicant: Mrs Heather Vind Consultation Expiry Date: 11 November 2013 Case Officer: Carolyn Howarth Expected Decision Level: DEL
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Westfield

Location: 11 The Knoll York YO24 3EB

Proposal: Erection of single storey extension extending 4.5 metres beyond the rear wall of the original house, with a height to the eaves of 2.1 metres and a total height of 3 metres

Ref No: 13/03148/LHE

Applicant: Mrs Curtis Contact Mr Neil Wakeman Consultation Expiry Date 11 November 2013Case Officer: Carolyn Howarth Expected Decision Level DEL
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Location: 82 Bramham Avenue York YO26 5DE

Proposal: Conversion of garage to habitable room with extension to front and rear

Ref No: 13/03261/FUL

Applicant: Mrs C Walters Contact Mr Mike Punchard Consultation Expiry Date 11 November 2013 Case Officer: Carolyn Howarth Expected Decision Level DEL
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Location: 23 Askham Lane York YO24 3HB

Proposal: Erection of single storey extension extending 4 metres beyond the rear wall of the original house, with a height to the eaves of 2.9 metres and a total height of 3.8 metres

Ref No: 13/03315/LHE

Applicant: Mrs M Taylor Consultation Expiry Date 11 November 2013 Case Officer: Elizabeth Potter Expected Decision Level DEL
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Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line 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.

York Labour Councillors reveal cunning plan?

Site capacity for new homes - draft Local Plan. click to enlarge

Site capacity for new homes – draft Local Plan. click to enlarge

Labour Councillor Dave Merrett seems to have overstepped accepted guidelines when welcoming a planning application for the Our Lady’s school site.

He was quoted in the local paper as supporting a plan to build 56 homes on the site – almost double the number allocated in the Local Plan that Cllr Merrett approved in the spring.

If approved at the meeting on 21st November, the proposal would mean that the green space, school nature reserve and children’s playground will all be lost.

Normally executive Councillors avoid commenting publicly on planning applications once they have been submitted. They allow normal consultation with residents to take place before a cross party planning committee meeting decides on the merits of each proposal.

A public intervention by an executive Councillor could be deemed to be putting undue pressure on the planning officers who work in his department and who will author reports recommending approval or rejection of an application.

Officials are understood to have said already that the density on the development – at 82 homes per hectare based on the existing built footprint- is in excess of what would normally be permitted in a sub-urban location.

Meanwhile the Council Leader is also interfering in the planning processes.

Following on from his public opposition to converting unused shops into residential accommodation, he told the last Council meeting, when questioned about the higher number of housing units coming forward on brownfield sites that,

sessions site

sessions site

“the important distinction between the positions of the Liberal Democrats, and the Conservatives it has to be said, is that the other parties believe those living in central wards should have housing built on any spare piece of land anywhere near them and outer wards should continue to enjoy protection against any development anywhere near them”.

“The truth is housing should be built in both central and outer areas where it can be shown to contribute to tackling the city’s housing crisis at the same time as protecting residents’ local amenity”.

In fact over recent months it is central area sites that are seeing high densities proposed with Our Lady’s school only the latest in a long line which includes the former Press offices in Walmgate, the Burnholme club and several dozen others.

The Council Leader may, however, be confused about what constitutes “central wards”.

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NB. The Planning committee will consider next week a proposal to build 59 homes on the former Sessions site on Huntington Road. Of these 20% will be “affordable”

The density of the proposed development is just over 32 dwellings per hectare, and would be more densely developed than the surrounding residential areas. However this figure appears to be in conflict with the figures shown in the draft Local Plan.

The draft Local plan showed only 17 homes being built on this (0.47 hectare) site

Latest Planning applications for Acomb and Westfield Wards

Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Acomb and Westfield wards. Full details can be found by clicking the application reference

Acomb

Location: 103 Almsford Road York YO26 5NU

Proposal: Single storey side and rear extension (revised scheme)

Ref No: 13/03289/FUL
Applicant: Ms. Chris Garbutt Contact: Mr Kevin Bristowe Consultation Expiry Date: 4 November 2013 Case Officer: Elizabeth Potter Expected Decision Level: DEL
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Location: 17 Old School Walk York YO26 5TF

Proposal: Fell Rowan, Tree protected by Tree Preservation Order CYC 209

Ref No: 13/03273/TPO

Applicant: Mr Ben James Consultation Expiry Date: 4 November 2013Case Officer: Esther Priestley Expected Decision Level: DEL
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Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line 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.

Latest Planning applications for Acomb and Westfield Wards

Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Acomb and Westfield wards. Full details can be found by clicking the application reference

Acomb

Location: 93 Boroughbridge Road York YO26 5ST
Proposal: Single storey side and rear extension
Ref No: 13/03235/FUL
Applicant: Ms Vicky Hudson Contact: Mr J Funnell Consultation Expiry Date: 25 October 2013 Case Officer: Elizabeth Potter Expected Decision Level: DEL
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Address 17 Old School Walk York YO26 5TF
Proposal Fell Rowan, Tree protected by Tree Preservation Order CYC 209
Reference 13/03273/TPO
Application Received Mon 07 Oct 2013 Status Pending Consideration
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Westfield

Location: Haylofts 2 Westfield Farm Askham Lane York YO24 3HU
Proposal: Prune Rowan and Cherry, Trees protected by Tree Preservation Order CYC 138
Ref No: 13/03240/TPO
Applicant: Mrs Judith Hodgeson Contact Mrs Sarah Holder Consultation Expiry Date 25 October 2013 Case Officer: Esther Priestley Expected Decision Level DEL
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Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line 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.

Media and Labour Councillor in geography failure

Westview Close

Westview Close

Yorkshire Post and York Press readers will today be wondering why a Westfield Labour Councillor was given a platform to sound off about a housing development which he obviously thought was in his ward.

As we reported several weeks ago, a planning Inspector has overturned a Council decision and has allowed a small 8 home development to be built on Westview Close.

Westview Close is actually located in the Rural West ward, adjacent to the Civil Service Sports field.

It is about 1 mile away from the Westfield Ward.

"daffy" moment for Labour

“daffy” moment for Labour

It appears that the media have provoked “local” Westfield ward Councillor Dafydd Williams to condemn the decision amidst a confused diatribe about the need to establish a “Green Belt” boundary.

We have news for him. There is a Green Belt boundary and it is protected by the government.

All that has changed over the last year, is that Labour have proposed taking greenfield sites, like the Civil Service Sports field, out of the Green Belt.

Latest Planning applications – Former Knavesmire Nursing home (The Green) site plans published

Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Acomb and Westfield wards. Full details can be found by clicking the application reference

Care home on The Green Acomb

The long awaited proposals for the former Knavesmire Nursing home site on The Green have been submitted to the Council. They show the main building being retained and converted into 4 flats.

Elsewhere on the site the extension will be demolished and 4 bungalows will be built. Some significant works to the trees on the site are also proposed.

The application will be welcomed by many as the building has been empty for around 4 years while the overgrown trees have blocked out much of the light in the area.

Westfield

Reference 13/03033/FUL

The Green development site plan. Click for larger drawing

The Green development site plan. Click for larger drawing


Address Knavesmire Nursing Home 76 The Green Acomb York YO26 5LS

Proposal Conversion and partial demolition of nursing home to create 4no. apartments and 4no. bungalows with associated parking

Status Pending Consideration Application Received Mon 09 Sep 2013

Reference 13/03193/TCA

Address Knavesmire Nursing Home 76 The Green Acomb York YO26 5LS

Proposal Various tree works including fell 20 trees, Trees in the Conservation Area

Status Pending Consideration Application Received Wed 25 Sep 2013

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Reference 13/03074/FUL

Address Quicksilver 7 Acomb Court Front Street York YO24 3BJ

Proposal Change of use of first floor from retail (use Class A1) to sports facility (use Class D2)

Application Received Mon 09 Sep 2013 Status Pending Consideration
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Reference 13/03082/FUL MT26J0SJ0B800

Address 70 Gale Lane York YO24 3AA

Proposal Increasing height of roof to accommodate loft conversion (revised scheme)

Status Pending Consideration Application Received Fri 13 Sep 2013
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Acomb

Reference 13/03172/LHE http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/weeklyListResults.do?action=firstPage

Address 10 Albion Avenue York YO26 5RA

Proposal Erection of single storey extension extending 4 metres beyond the rear wall of the original house, with a height to the eaves of 2.5 metres and a total height of 3 metres

Application Received Fri 20 Sep 2013 Status Pending Consideration
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Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line 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.

York Local Plan – Save the Green Belt campaign gets another boost

The Council are now saying that they hope to have read all the representations made by residents about the draft Local Plan by the end of October.

How long it will be, before meetings start to take place at which residents will have the chance to challenge Labour’s Plan assumptions, is anyone’s guess.

Residents protest against Local Plan

Residents protest against Local Plan

However the Plan’s assumptions about the number of homes that could be built on brownfield sites continue to be eroded.

The latest planning application – for the Brecks Lane site at Strensall – is for 104 homes. That compares to an assumed capacity for the site, listed in the draft Local Plan, of 82.

Last week we learned that the British Sugar site will accommodate 1300 homes. The Local Plan forecast only 998.

In addition, around 20 planning applications for new homes have been submitted to the Council over the last 4 months, for sites where either zero residential units had been assumed in the Local Plan or where the number now planned is over 20% higher than the Local Plan estimate.

These include proposals for The Press office building in Walmgate, the Burnholme Club site and Our Lady’s school on Windsor Garth.

They do not include new “windfall” sites like the Bonding Warehouse, Ashbourne House, the Yearsley Pub not to mention Oliver House where we now understand that negotiations about the buildings future have recommenced (some 18 months after it became empty).

It is now clear that there is sufficient brownfield (previously developed) land to satisfy York’s reasonable housing needs for the foreseeable future.

What is also clear is that Labours Local Plan is discredited. They will have to re-write large sections of it.

The sooner that they start the better.

Latest Planning applications

Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Acomb and Westfield wards. Full details can be found by clicking the application reference

Acomb Ward

Erection of two storey dwelling following demolition of existing garages

Site To The Rear Of 32 Carr Lane Rosedale Avenue York

Ref. No: 13/03101/FUL | Received: Tue 17 Sep 2013 | Validated: Wed 18 Sep 2013 | Status: Pending Consideration

Two storey side and rear extension

17 Melwood Grove York YO26 5RE

Ref. No: 13/03080/FUL | Received: Fri 13 Sep 2013 | Validated: Mon 16 Sep 2013 | Status: Pending Consideration

Westfield

Increasing height of roof to accommodate loft conversion (revised scheme)

70 Gale Lane York YO24 3AA

Ref. No: 13/03082/FUL | Received: Fri 13 Sep 2013 | Validated: Mon 16 Sep 2013 | Status: Pending Consideration

Variation of condition 2 of permitted application 12/03511/FUL to alter design of rear extension

157A Gale Lane York YO24 3AG

Ref. No: 13/02630/FUL | Received: Thu 01 Aug 2013 | Validated: Thu 19 Sep 2013 | Status: Pending Consideration

Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line 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.

Oliver House – £30,000 taxpayers bill for property empty for 18 months

It has become clear why the Council’s leadership were so reluctant to answer questions about the future of the former elderly person’s home at Oliver House in Bishophill at the last council meeting.

Oliver House York

A Freedom of Information response has revealed that the building is costing taxpayers nearly £2000 a month to keep empty.

The building has been unused since April 2012.

The only “occupants” are a firm called “ad hoc property management” who – in return for access – offer a “free” security service.

No rent or other income has been received for the property.

Discussions with the York CVS, which might have led to the building being sold to them, started in May 2012. They stalled several months ago.

The value of the prime site has been put at over £1 million with offers having apparently already been made, to the Council, by housing developers.

The Council has spent £30,000 over the last 18 months paying rates and on maintaining the empty property.

There are currently over 4500 people on the waiting list for social accommodation in the City. Many of these require single person accommodation

NB. The Guildhall has also now been empty for 8 months and is costing Council taxpayers around £160,000 a year in maintenance, rates and other costs.

Latest planning applications in Acomb and Westfield

Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Acomb and Westfield wards. Full details can be found by clicking the application reference

Acomb

Ref No: 13/02986/FUL

Location: 1A Wetherby Road Acomb York YO26 5BS

Proposal: Bay window and canopy to front

Applicant: Mrs Juliet Powell Contact: Mr J Funnell Consultation Expiry Date: 7 October 2013 Case Officer: Carolyn Howarth Expected Decision Level: DEL

Ref No: 13/03048/EIASP

Location: British Sugar Corporation Ltd Plantation Drive York YO26 6XF

British Sugar site

British Sugar site

Proposal: Scoping opinion for proposed residential-lead development at former British Sugar site, Plantation Drive

Applicant: Neil Jones Consultation Expiry Date: 4 October 2013 Case Officer: Jonathan Kenyon Expected Decision DEL

Westfield

Ref No: 13/03017/FUL

Location: 100 Tennent Road York YO24 3HG

Proposal: Single storey rear extension

Applicant: Mr Filatov Consultation Expiry Date 7 October 2013 Case Officer: Elizabeth Potter Expected Decision Level DEL

Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line 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.