Developers have submitted revised plans for the development of the Acomb Bowling Green site on Front Street. The plot is located behind the Acomb Explore Library.
The revised plans can be viewed by clicking here
The main differences in the revised plan are:
- – 10 as opposed to 11 dwellings are proposed
- – Change in the layout
- – Clarification of proposed ground levels
- – Widening of vehicle access in front of the public house to facilitate deliveries
There is no evidence that the Council, as the owner of the library site and the former allotments next to Chancery Court, is engaging on the future of their parcels of land.
The new plans do appear to provide for a potential access to these areas but fall far short of the hoped for comprehensive regeneration plan.
Council officials were instructed to buy the bowling club land some 10 years ago but failed to negotiate a deal. (The purchase would have allowed the club car park to be used by the Library, although bowling activities could have continued)
Residents of Vyner House have already petitioned against the proposals which would remove not only York’s oldest bowling green, but would also see another area of green space lost from within the Acomb neighbourhood.
Any development should ideally embrace accommodation aimed at older people (amenities are on the doorstep) as well as providing much needed office space for the Library, Police and neighbourhood workers.
There were hopes that a “pocket park”could be incorporated which might include some allotment beds.
Residents can object to the current plans via the Councils planning on line web site click here The planning reference is 18/00586/FULM
Pensioners petition against proposal to develop Bowling Green
Acomb Bowling Club
The Council has told the proposed developers of the Acomb Bowling Club green on Front Street that they need more time to come to a view on their proposals. They say that there are access and other problems associated with the proposal to build 11 houses on the site.
comment on planning application
The news came after it emerged that a petition, signed by pensioners in an adjacent block of flats, and objecting to the loss of green space had been lodged with the Council. The pensioners were also concerned about potential noise nuisance from the site.
Sport England have also sounded a warning about the plan highlighting the continued erosion of sports pitches in the Acomb area.
Concerns have also been raised about the impact on the local bat population and other wildlife in the area.
The Council’s own heritage officer has pointed to the historical significance of the site. It is thought that there may be important archaeological deposits in the area.
Comment on Planning application
Although the balance of comments is against the development in its present form, perhaps surprisingly local amenity societies, Ward Councillors and adjacent property owners have so far failed to make their views known.
The proposals – which could jeopardise plans to bring derelict land to the rear of the Library back into use, while providing much needed accommodation for older people – are a particularly poor piece of incremental planning.
Hopefully a more coherent plan for this part of Front Street will emerge now.