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
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
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.