Carlton Tavern to be demolished

..as Council prepares to oppose development plans for former Sugar Works on Boroughbridge Road

Planning committee Councillors voted last night to approve a proposal to demolish the Carlton Tavern and replace it with an elderly care facility.  Ironically the decision was taken on the casting vote of a Chairman who would not have been in that position had he not been arbitrarily removed from his Executive post in September by the Council Leader.  With a different Chair, the decision might have gone the other way, although the applicants would no doubt feel that they would have had a good chance of winning the inevitable subsequent appeal.

Next up, in an important series of planning decisions pending on the Acomb side of the City, is consideration of plans for the Sugar Works and former Manor school site on Boroughbridge Road.

The Council has dithered for over 3 years in getting this, apparently ideal, brown field housing site off the drawing board. The owners finally lost patience and have appealed to the Secretary of State to intervene on grounds of “non-determination” by the York Council. The planning application was first submitted in 2014.

Consultation had started in 2013

Bizarrely the Planning committee must now formally say whether they would have approved the application had it been presented to them.

They are being asked to consider “the development of the site comprising up to 1,100 residential units, community uses (D1/D2) and new public open space with details of access (to include new access points at Millfield Lane and Boroughbridge Road and a new link road, crossing the Former Manor School Site) and demolition of the Former Manor School buildings”

Officials are recommending that the proposal be opposed.

They list many deficiencies in the plan while acknowledging that the site was slated for housing development in the Draft Local Plan tabled in 2011 (by the then LibDem led Council), by the Labour Council in their 2014 Draft Local Plan and again by the new Coalition administration last year.

The main reasons for refusing the application are listed as:

  • Inadequate financial contributions toward pre-school, primary school, secondary school funding and off-site sports provision
  • The absence of any affordable housing

There has been a lot of talk recently about allocating the former Manor School playing field as a public park. In 2012 the then Labour controlled Council identified the need for a more central area of public open space as part of a “community hub” on the site.

Over 9 ha is identified in the current proposals for this purpose (In addition an “off site” new cricket pitch will be provided).

In 2013 the Council sold the former Manor School site, including the playing fields, to ABF – the current planning applicants. The sale was not conditional.

At the very least, the planning meeting should determine whether centralised or peripheral open space is the desired way forward for this development.

NB Proposals to develop the Lowfields playing fields will go before the Planning committee in January.

Applications are also expected soon for the former Oakhaven elderly persons home site on Acomb Road, the adjacent police buildings and for the redevelopment of Windsor House in Ascot Way

Civic Trust comment on Carlton Tavern …. Lowfields playing field development application imminent

An interesting piece below from the York Civic Trust.

However it is too late to register any objection on the Planning web site as the committee report and recommendations have already been written and published. Objectors have three courses of action available to them

  1. They can lobby individual Planning Committee members
  2. They can attend the site visit taking place on Tuesday apparently around 10:55am  (The Council usually publishes a timetable for these visits but hasn’t done so on this occasion)
  3. They can register to speak at the Planning Committee meeting itself (http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=9934The planning committee meeting is on 18th  October 2017 at 4.30pm at West Offices.
Another big local planning application has been registered by the Council concerning building on the Lowfields playing fields.

It is likely to be “live” on the Councils planning web site shortly https://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications//

This plan, which would rob the Westfield area of another green space, is being opposed by a well organised “Save Lowfields Green Action Group” who are likely ask the Minister to “call the application in”.

On The Tavern proposal the Civic Trust say, 

This is the last week to submit objections to City of York Council to the planning application to demolish West Garth, an 1883 Neo-Tudor villa and in recent years the Carlton Tavern, and replace it with a 72 room, 4-storey private care home.

York Civic Trust have objected to the scheme. Read the objection letter here.

The planning committee’s site visit is at 10.55am on Tuesday 17th October next week and the public are welcome to attend.
 Trust members may be interested to read more about the history of the house:

West Garth tells us so much about the development of this affluent York suburb of Holgate where York’s civic leaders built their Victorian and Edwardian villas just outside the city walls. The first owner was Lieut. Col. Arthur H. Russell and his family. A leading figure in the city in the 1880s, he was a solicitor, founder and Vice President of York Conservative Society, and President of York Law society.

Related to John Russell RA, a leading portrait painter of his day, Arthur was also a Sheriff of York. West Garth continued to be a desirable property in the 1930s lived in by Edmund Birks, also a Sheriff of York and magistrate of the North Riding at that time. The house was later bought in 1946 by a Sheffield philanthropist, Godfrey Walker and his wife, and dedicated by the Archibishop of York, as a home for ‘waifs and strays’. Following a fundraising appeal in 1967, led by the then Archbishop of York Donald Coggan, it became a nursery and was purchased by Marstons. 

West Garth has been attributed by local heritage experts to celebrated York architect Walter Green Penty, whose firm Penty & Penty designed Elmbank on The Mount and Tudoresque Aldersyde on Tadcaster Road, as well as buildings in Hampstead Garden Suburbs. 

Both of these significant York houses were commissioned for the Leetham family by Russell’s neighbour, Alfred Leetham, of Leetham’s Hungate Flour Mills, also designed by Penty and now demolished. The Penty and Leetham family were linked by marriage, and Alfred’s home, Shelley House, also attributed to Penty, stood right next door to West Garth.

Residents refer to it as a ‘mirror-image’ and the pair were described by Pevsner in his Buildings of England as “two large 1880s gabled villas, tile-hung and half-timbered”. Shelley House was demolished in 2002. The Carlton Tavern is now the last example of this style of villa, and potentially of Penty’s work, on the main thoroughfare from The Mount to the western suburbs of York.

It is not just national and local heritage experts, from York Civic Trust, and York Conservation Trust, to the Victorian Society, SAVE Britain’s Heritage and the Council for British Archaeology, that think the Carlton should be saved. It’s part of the shared history of Acomb and Holgate. A campaign led by local residents is gathering objections to ensure this last example of ‘Tudoresque’ Victorian architecture survives for generations to come”.

Officials recommend Carlton Tavern be demolished

Carlton Tavern

Planning officials are recommending that the Carlton Tavern pub on Acomb Road is demolished.

Papers published today in advance of the Planning  committee taking place on 18th October reveal that officials believe that there is no planning reason why the proposal, to replace the building with a new care home, should not be approved.

The content of the papers will come as a blow to dozens of objectors to the plan. The objectors will, however, have an opportunity to register to speak at the meeting before Councillors determine the application.

Councillors are expected to visit the site on the day before the meeting takes place.

Objectors to Carlton Tavern plan face deadline for comments

Carlton Tavern

Residents have only a few days left in which to register objections to the proposed demolition of the Carlton Tavern on Acomb Road.

In its place a three-four storey 79 bedroom care home would be built. Associated parking, cycle racks and landscaping would take up the whole of the site which currently includes extensive green space.

Details can be found by clicking this reference 17/00476/FULM

The planning decision committee meeting will take place on 14th September and  32 objections  have already been recorded including two from national amenity societies (the Council for British Archaeology and the Victorian Society) as well as SAVE Britain’s Heritage and the York Civic Trust.

These statutory bodies and heritage experts highlight that the plans have not adequately considered conversion options. The Victorian building is of significant architectural merit and heritage significance within its local setting.  Demolition would therefore harm the character of the area.

The CBA recommends that the developer be asked to consult a conservation architect to produce an alternative proposal incorporating the existing building (which is listed as an asset of community value and has a long history of care provision in Acomb village) and with a design more in keeping with the character of the setting.

Local campaigners are urging residents to record an objection to the demolition plan and to register to comment at the upcoming planning meeting

Car home plan

Carlton Tavern sale set to be halted

Carlton Tavern

Council officials are recommending that the Carton Tavern pub be listed as an “asset of community value“. If approved at a meeting taking place next week, the listing would give the local community 6 months in which to raise sufficient funds to purchase the property.

Marstons – the owners of the Tavern – announced last month that the site had been sold and that a care home would be built there.

There are similar plans for the nearby Oakhaven site.

The community value application has been submitted by a group calling themselves the “Friends of  the Carlton” . It is unclear what financial backing they have and they may face an uphill battle in the limited time available to raise the estimated £700,000 which would be needed to secure the future of the pub. They quote extensive community use as one of the justifications for the listing although this is disputed by the brewery.

Marstons letter of objection to the listing can be read by clicking here.

The decision meeting is taking place on Thursday 6th April

The care home plan has not yet received planning approval

Bid to save Carlton Tavern

Carlton Tavern

The York Council is to consider a bid by a local group who want the Carlton Tavern listed as an “asset of community value”.

The application will be considered on 10th April by the Council’s Executive Leader.

If successful, the listing would mean that the local community would have 6 months to raise the necessary funds to purchase the building.

Plans were announced last week to turn the Acomb Road building, which is currently a pub, into an elderly person care home.

Separately the Councils Executive on Thursday is to  consider the  conditions for the sale of the Oakhaven care home site.

As previously reported the Council has already agreed to sell the site to Ashley Homes at a private meeting.

The decision was apparently taken under delegated powers but is now set to be rubber stamped by the Councils Executive.