British Sugar residential development plans take a step forward – Methane risk revealed

The planned residential development on the former British Sugar site off Plantation Drive has taken a step forward.

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click for full report

The owners have submitted a scoping document which will lead to the production of an environmental impact assessment which is an essential precursor to an outline planning application.

The latter is now expected to be lodged in early 2014.

The new development is expected to be a predominately residential led scheme, of up to 1300 homes comprising family housing at a medium density together with

• A retail centre comprising Class Al/A2/A3/A4/A5;

• A multi-use community hub (with potential for uses such as a health centre, crèche, public hall, primary school, changing facilities associated with any intensive sports uses on the site);

• Provision of open space/green infrastructure;

• Access via a new link road through Former Manor School site, Plantation Drive and Millfield Lane; and

• Demolition of the Former Manor School buildings as necessary.

The report warns of potentially harmful levels of methane and carbon dioxide on the site.

However no signs of protected wildlife species, such as Great Crested Newts, have been discovered. A “bee bank” is under threat.

The report also describes how transportation, landscape, noise, air quality and other impacts will be assessed.

195 new apartments for Hungate

A planning application for the next phase of the Hungate development has been submitted to the Council.

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Hungate phase 2

The Foss side application – a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroomed flats – is unexceptional save in one respect.

No offer is made of affordable units either on site or off site.

Instead a viability study is being prepared which will indicate “at a later date” what – if any – “affordable units” can be provided.

A precedent for a zero affordable contribution was established by a planning inspector who determined a York planning appeal recently.

The design of the flats proposed suggests that they would not address social housing needs anyway (although most of the waiting list is now made up of residents seeking 1 bedroomed accommodation).

If this means that payment to the Council, in lieu of homes, is planned then that could be a step forward.

As we have pointed out previously, there are many properties for sale in the City for around £100,000.

If the Council was a “cash in hand” purchaser they could buy up some of these and make an immediate impact on the housing waiting list.

The last batch of Hungate properties were relatively expensive (starting at over £200,000 for a small flat).

So the willingness of the developer to proceed with the next stage does provide further evidence that the country’s economic recovery is gaining momentum in York.

Latest planning applications – 56 home plan for Our Lady’s site submitted, Greggs optimistic about weather

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 below

Acomb
Ref No: 13/02867/FUL
Location: 136 Boroughbridge Road York YO26 6AL
Proposal: Change of use of ground floor to mixed use A1 (retail), A2 (financial and professional services) and B1a (offices) use class, retrospective creation of additional office to first floor and retrospective erection of conservatory to rear
Applicant: Mr Michael Beaufoy Consultation Expiry Date: 30 September 2013 Case Officer: Erik Matthews Expected Decision Level: DEL

Westfield

Our Lady's school site. Click to see planning application

Our Lady’s school site. Click to see planning application

Ref No: 13/02892/FULM
Location: Our Ladys R C Primary School Windsor Garth York YO24 4QW
Proposal: Erection of 56 no. two storey dwellings and associated works
Applicant: Mr Joel Owen Contact Mr Mark Skeels Consultation Expiry Date 9 October 2013 Case Officer: Erik Matthews Expected Decision Level COMP

Ref No: 13/02874/FUL
Location: Greggs 5 Odsal House Front Street York YO24 3BL
Proposal: Use of highway for siting of tables and chairs in connection with existing baker’s shop
Applicant: Mrs Sara Humphries Consultation Expiry Date 30 September 2013 Case Officer: Erik Matthews Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 13/02981/TPO
Location: 14 Askham Croft York YO24 3FD
Proposal: Prune Chestnut (T3,T4), Trees protected by Tree Preservation Order
Applicant: Mr David Morris Consultation Expiry Date 30 September 2013 Case Officer: Esther Priestley 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.

Neighbourhood Plan for Dunnington?

As a result of the governments Localism Act 2011, local communities are encouraged to come together to get more involved in planning for their areas by producing neighbourhood plans, which are designed to guide new development.

The costs of preparing and consulting on such a plan are put at around £20,000.

A report will be taken to a decision session on Monday 16 September to ask for the Cabinet Member of Transport, Planning and Sustainability to approve and progress the application for a Dunnington Neighbourhood Plan.

Dunnington & York Local Plan click to enlarge

Dunnington & York Local Plan click to enlarge


Residents still have a week until the consultation period ends on the 16 September at 4pm, and a verbal update will be provided to the Cabinet Member during the meeting.

Over 450 York residents have already had their say on what could be the city’s the first parish council to get its own Neighbourhood Plan.

However the current consultation is only about what area the plan should cover, so there is a suspicion that residents are using this as an opportunity to make a further protest about the York Council’s Local Plan policies for the village.
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Labour still peddle 25% City growth as Walmgate scheme produces “361 housing units”

Prominent Labour Councillor Tracey Simpson Laing has announced today that Labour is still going for housing growth of over 20,000 during the next 15 years.

She claims that the figure – published in a draft Local Plan which went out for public consultation during the summer – is necessary to meet “demand in York over the next 15 years”.

Derwenthorpe development

Derwenthorpe development

Residents had expected that the Council would carefully consider the responses from the Local Plan consultation before deciding whether this figure was indeed necessary.

Many residents have said that they do not want the City to expand by 25% in such a short timescale.

Others have pointed out that there will be insufficient jobs to sustain such growth while large areas of the City and surrounding countryside would be blighted.

In a separate development the Council has confirmed that the student housing development, on The Press site on Walmgate, which received planning permission last month, will produce 361 housing units against the total annual target of between 800 (old Local Plan target) and 1200 homes (Labours new target). Most will be 2 person flats.

As the accommodation is tied, none of the units will contribute directly towards providing more affordable accommodation in the City.

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

Ref No: 13/02878/FUL

Location: 15 Lidgett Grove York YO26 5NE

Proposal: Single storey side extension

Applicant: Mr John Atkin Contact: Mr Tim Mann Consultation Expiry Date: 23 September 2013 Case Officer: Carolyn Howarth Expected Decision Level: DEL

Westfield

Ref No: 13/02889/LHE

Location: 112 Wetherby Road Acomb York YO26 5BY

Proposal: Erection of single storey extension extending 4.050 metres beyond the rear wall of the original house, with a height to the eaves of 2.5 metres and a total height of 3.9 metres

Applicant: Mrs Mora Scaife Contact Mr Andy Sykes Consultation Expiry Date 23 September 2013 Case Officer: Heather Fairy (Mon – Wed) Expected Decision DEL

Ref No: 13/02914/FUL

Location: 40 St Stephens Square York YO24 3EJ

Proposal: Single storey rear extension

Applicant: Mr & Mrs Casling Consultation Expiry Date 23 September 2013 Case Officer: Carolyn Howarth 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.

Showman’s Yard consultations. Council publish response to FOI questions

The Council has published a series of replies to questions asked about how the need for a Showman’s Yard in the City was assessed and what consultations with potential users took place.

Showman's site Wetherby Road Knapton Withdrawn in July

Showman’s site Wetherby Road Knapton Withdrawn in July

The proposal to establish such a site on land between Wetherby Road and Knapton was withdrawn in July.

The documents include internal Emails between Council officials. Significantly they do not include any correspondence from Councillors.

The documents can be found be clicking the following links

Background

Emails about Showman’s Guild meeting

Emails about March meeting

June Emails

The Council has still not indicated how – or even if – it will now seek to accommodate the claimed need for a Showman’s Yard site in the York area.

Nor has it made clear whether it is considering the Wetherby Road Knapton site for allocation as a conventional residential development site in any revised Local Plan.

Council housing sites – Freedom of Information request now reveals the sites that were considered.

When the Council announced its preferred list of locations for new Council houses 5 months ago, it refused to reveal which other possible locations had been considered.

Now a Freedom of Information request by Cllr Ann Reid has forced the Council to reveal the identity of the sites.

Green Lane garage site

Green Lane garage site

The sites under consideration were:
Green Lane garages (Westfield Ward)

Viking Road garages (Acomb Ward)

Infill land on Maple Avenue. (Bishopthorpe Ward)

Infill land to the rear of 21 – 51 Fossway (Heworth Ward)

The sites eventually selected were

Fenwick Street 9 Apartments
York Road, Haxby 4 Houses
Beckfield Lane 27 (Houses & Apartments)
Chaloners Road (Garage Court) 11 Apartments (possibly 8)
Hewley Avenue (Garage Court) 6 Apartments
Newbury Avenue (Garage Court) 9 Apartments

The Planning committee will consider the Beckfield Lane application next week. Thursday, 5th September, 2013 2.00 pm George Hudson Board Room – 1st Floor West Offices (F045)

Details here.

The application includes 9 “affordable” houses and 9 “affordable” flats. In total 27 units will be built there. There have been several objections to the plans

Latest Planning applications for 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: 13/02575/FUL

Location: 222 Beckfield Lane York YO26 5QS

Proposal: Single storey side extension and dormers to side and rear

Applicant: Mr Chris Wright Contact: Mr John Dougal Consultation Expiry Date: 17 September 2013 Case Officer: Elizabeth Potter Expected Decision Level: DEL

Ref No: 13/02870/FUL

Location: 167 Boroughbridge Road York YO26 6AN

Proposal: Single storey rear extension and conservatory to rear of existing annex

Applicant: Mr And Mrs Mitcham Contact: Mr Peter Dimberline Consultation Expiry Date: 17 September 2013 Case Officer: Heather Fairy (Mon – Wed) Expected Decision 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.