Latest planning applications for the Westfield Ward

Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Westfield ward.

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference


Windsor House 22 Ascot Way York

Non-material amendment to permitted application 18/01467/GRG3 to alter landscaping

Ref. No: 20/01320/NONMAT 

NB This application relates mainly to the detailed design of a playground. The playground is designed for use by those staying at the disabled centre. It is not a replacement for the games area (MUGA) which was publicly accessible and aimed at older children. A statement from the Council on the MUGA replacement – which it was hoped would be provided on the Thanet Road Sports area – is still awaited.


22 Otterwood Lane York YO24 3JR

Two storey side extension following demolition of existing single storey side extension and pitched roof over existing flat roof front porch

Ref. No: 20/01285/FUL 


228 Hamilton Drive West York YO24 4PJ

First floor side extension

Ref. No: 20/01275/FUL 


Yan’s Express Cantonese Takeaway 11 Acomb Court Front Street York YO24 3BJ

Certificate of lawfulness for the existing use of premises as a hot food takeaway (use class A5)

Ref. No: 20/01186/CLU 


Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning online web site.

NB. The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received

Latest planning applications for the Westfield Ward

 Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Westfield ward. 

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference 


14 Redcoat Way York YO24 3NG

Two storey side extension and single storey front extension. 

Ref. No: 19/01305/FUL 


Co-operative Retail Services Ltd 6 Beagle Ridge Drive York YO24 3JQ

Display of 1 no. internally halo illuminated fascia sign to the west elevation , 1 no. internally halo illuminated logo sign to the north elevation, 4 no. non-illuminated banner display units to the north elevation , and other associated signage. 

Ref. No: 19/01286/ADV 


244 Hamilton Drive West York YO24 4PJ

Single storey side and rear extensions, hip to gable roof extension and dormer to rear 

Ref. No: 19/01266/FUL 


59 Westfield Place Acomb York YO24 3HL

Condition 1 of 18/01501/FUL (as approved on appeal) requiring details of the proposed screen to balcony. 

Ref. No: AOD/19/00214 


155A Gale Lane York YO24 3AG

Change of use of first floor apartment (Use Class C3) to House in Multiple Occupation for up to 5 occupants (Use Class C4)

NB. The proposal is to accommodate 5 individuals in rooms above the existing shop. No new allocated parking space is proposed

Ref. No: 19/01135/FUL 


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

NB. The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received

Hamilton Drive dog attack owner fined

Owner of dangerous dog to pay £320 for not keeping it under control

  The owner of a bull terrier which was issued a dog control order in May this year, has been given a conditional discharge for 12 months and has been charged £320 by York Magistrates Court.

Leanne Wyrill, aged 27 of James Backhouse Place, York, owns a Staffordshire cross breed which attacked other dogs in a York park and killed a neighbour’s cat. She was given a dog control order on 24 May 2017 with £260 costs.

In court today she pleaded guilty to failing to keep her dog under control. The Magistrate charged her prosecution costs of £300 and a court surcharge of £20. The conditional discharge means that if she is found guilty of the same offence in the next 12 months, she could face further costs and possibly a sentence.

The court order requires Ms Wyrill to keep the dog under proper control at all times, muzzled and wearing a collar whenever it’s outside, and also to be kept on a lead whenever it’s in a public place.

The court heard today that on 28 and 29 May, 13 and 16 June 2017 the dog was seen in its owner’s back garden without a collar or muzzle. After the sightings in May, the council wrote to Ms Wyrill reminding her of the order’s conditions.

On 24 and 25 June 2017, the dog was seen again in the back garden without a muzzle and, in the early hours of the morning of 26 June 2017, it was seen running down the street towards Hamilton Drive, York and later that same day in the garden without a muzzle.

Council neighbourhood enforcement officers visited Ms Wyrill again and asked her to attend an interview to discuss the offences and be given further advice about the order.

Between 27 June and 4 August 2017, Ms Wyrill allowed the dog in the back garden without a muzzle on four further occasions. She failed to attend the interview or answer questions sent by letter.

The Magistrate confirmed that if Ms Wyrill wanted to vary the control order she would have to contact the court to do so.

To report a dog on dog attack in York, residents should call the council on (01904) 551551 or email Reports of dog attacks on people should be reported to North Yorkshire Police by dialling 101. (more…)

Westfield couple honoured at bravery awards

The police service honoured the bravery of members of the public from York and Whitby earlier this week at the National Police Chief’s Councils’ Police and Public Bravery Awards.

Darren Hinchliffe from York was honoured twice for his role in trying to subdue a violent York man who killed his best friend.


Binney award plaque

Darren won a gold medal at the awards which are sponsored by The Goldsmith’s Company. The awards recognise members of the public for actions, which support the police in preserving law and order.

In addition to this, Darren was also the recipient of the Binney Award, a special award, named after Captain Ralph Binney, reserved only for the ‘bravest of the brave’. To celebrate this, Darren will now be invited to an all-expenses paid celebration of bravery every year with other Binney award winners.

Darren’s partner Claire also received a certificate for her brave actions during the incident.

Here’s Darren’s story:

York man jailed for killing his best friend in drug-induced attack

A York man has today (13 November 2015) been jailed for six years and eight months for killing his best friend. He was also handed a 32-month concurrent jail term for attacking another man in the street.
Samuel Frederick Donley

Samuel Frederick Donley, 20, of Hamilton Drive West, stabbed 20-year-old Liam Miller 32 times on the night of 27 July 2015. Liam died despite the courageous efforts of neighbours, paramedics and police who gave medical assistance at the scene.

Donley was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Liam and to causing grievous bodily harm to a 60-year-old York man.

Liam Miller and Samuel Donley were good friends, and on the night of Monday 27 July 2015, while Donley’s parents where away, they decided to experiment after both expressing an interest in using hallucinogenic drugs.

They both took the drug 25i-NBOMe early in the evening and began to record their feelings and experiences as the effects of the drug took hold.

Later that night, in a horrific and violent attack, Donley killed Liam while under the influence of the drug. No motive for the attack has been established and the conclusion is that Donley killed Liam during a psychotic episode brought on by the drug.

As Liam lay fatally injured in the driveway of Donley’s home, a 60-year-old man stopped to help, believing someone had suffered a seizure. After comprehending the events that were actually taking place, the man ran from the scene in fear for his life, closely followed by Donley who caught up with him and attacked him several times with a knife.

At the same time, Donley’s neighbours were disturbed by the noise and came out to see what was happening. On realising the situation, one immediately administered first aid to Liam. The other ran after Donley, preventing him from inflicting further harm to the man. He made Donley return to the house and shut him inside, all the while holding on to the door to prevent Donley from escaping and attacking anyone else.

When the emergency services arrived at the scene, Donley was arrested following a violent confrontation with police officers.

Detective Inspector Mark Pearson of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “This case is one of absolute tragedy brought about through the use of illegal drugs. What started out as two best friends enjoying a night together, has ended in catastrophic circumstances.

“Liam Miller’s promising life has been cut short. Sam Donley is facing several years in prison and has to live with the fact that he has killed his best friend. If ever there was a stark reminder of the dangers in taking drugs – this is it.

“Our thoughts remain with Liam’s family who have been utterly devastated by his death yet have shown great dignity throughout the investigation.”

Det Insp Pearson added: “I must also acknowledge the actions of both the second victim who stopped to help, only to find himself on the receiving end of Donley’s frenzied attack, and the two neighbours who attended to Liam and ensured Donley was confined to the house once they persuaded him to return. They put their own life in danger and are to be commended for their quick thinking which potentially saved further tragedy.”

Family statement

From Liam’s father, brother and sister and their partners and Liam’s nephew.

“It is impossible to find the words to describe how we feel about Liam’s death. He is the first thing we think about in the morning and the last thing we think about at night. It is hard to accept that he had his whole life in front of him. It was such a waste of life and he didn’t deserve what happened. Without any doubt, this is the hardest and most painful experience any human being will have to go through.

“It is very difficult for us to put into words or express how we feel or what we wanted the outcome to be. We know that nothing can ever bring him back. Nothing is going to make up for the suffering our family and friends have had to deal with over the last few months.”


25i-NBOMe is also known as 25i, INB-MeO, N-bomb, Smiles, Mr. Happy, Solaris and Cimbi-5.

The potential effects of this drug can be catastrophic. Users of the drug have been found to suffer from paranoia, violence, agitation, seizures and hallucinogenic effects. It can also cause increased heart rate and blood pressure which can in extreme cases lead to heart failure. There are numerous reports both in the UK and worldwide where people who have taken the drug have gone on to inflict serious harm upon themselves.

Det Insp Pearson added: “Members of the public need to be aware of the potential dangers of this drug. As with all drugs, people may not be aware of what they are taking and the effects it may have. This case must surely be a wake-up call to everyone who experiments with illegal drugs. It is simply not worth putting your life or anyone else’s in such grave danger.”

NBOMe is a synthetic drug and was made illegal in June 2014 becoming a class A controlled drug.

If you or anyone else becomes unwell after taking illegal drugs or legal highs, please seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Further information about drugs, including the NBOMe family of drugs can be found on the website

Support, information and advice regarding drug use is available from the following services:

Lifeline (York)                                   01904 464680 (Young and adult persons in York)

North Yorkshire Horizons              01723 330730 (Adults 18+ in North Yorkshire)

Compass Reach                               0800 0087452 (for under 18 year olds in North Yorkshire)

Victim named following murder in Hamilton Drive, York – Police seek witnesses

York Police have named the man who died during the incident in Hamilton Drive, Acomb, York, on the evening of Monday 27 July 2015.

Liam Paul Miller

He is Liam Paul Miller, aged 20, from the village of Terrington near Malton.

Liam’s family have released the following statement:

 “We are absolutely devastated by Liam’s untimely death. We cannot put into words the shock and disbelief we feel about what has happened. Liam was just 20 years old and had his whole life ahead of him. He had returned home for the summer from Liverpool University where he was studying graphic design and illustration.  We will miss him more than words can say.”

Appeal for information

Detectives investigating the murder of 20-year-old Liam Miller on the night of Monday 27 July 2015, have issued new appeals for information.

As they continue their investigations into the events that led to Liam’s tragic death, they are appealing for the public’s help with the following lines of enquiry.

Officers have confirmed that they are treating the attack on the second victim – the man who went to Liam’s assistance and was also stabbed –  as attempted murder. 

Detective Inspector Mark Pearson of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “We know from our enquiries that the second victim, a local man in his fifties, was chased along Hamilton Drive West where he was stabbed close to the junction with Lady Hamilton Gardens. We know that the man desperately tried to flag down passing motorists for assistance and we are appealing for those motorists to contact us.

“The vehicles we want to trace are described as a black car and a white saloon car. We are also keen to speak to any witnesses who were in this area at around 10pm on Monday evening 27 July 2015.”

DI Pearson added: “Liam played in a local band called Nocebo and we are seeking to identify Liam’s movements over the weekend of 25, 26 and Monday 27 July. We are keen to speak to anyone who has been with Liam, either in person or in contact through phone or social media.”

The 19-year-old man who was arrested at the scene, remains in hospital where he continues to receive medical treatment. On discharge from hospital he will be taken into police custody for questioning.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit on 01423-539499.

If you do not want to give your name and wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Murder in Hamilton Drive West

Man arrested as police launch murder investigation in York

Updated 2.20pm 28 July 2015 Police remain at the scene of a property in Hamilton Drive, York as they continue to investigate the murder of a man on the night of Monday 27 July 2015.

North Yorkshire Police

Detectives from North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit and York Serious Crime Team are carrying out extensive enquiries to determine the events that led to his murder. 

As part of the those enquiries, detectives will be conducting house-to-house enquiries at properties in the area to build up as much information as possible to assist their investigation.

The 19-year-old man who was arrested at the scene and sustained a self-inflicted injury during the incident, remains in hospital for treatment, however, his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. After being discharged from hospital, he will be taken into police custody for questioning.

We can confirm that the 29-year-old man who was injured during the incident, and later discharged from hospital in the early hours of the morning, was not involved in the initial disturbance and was a passer-by who came to the assistance those involved.

Officers are currently conducting enquiries to establish the identity of the man who died, and until this has been confirmed, we are unable to release any further information about him.

To assist their enquiries, officers are appealing to anyone who was in the area of Hamilton Drive, Acomb last night, and saw or heard at disturbance, either from inside the property or in the street outside, to contact them.

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit on 01423-539499.

If you do not want to give your name and wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Detective Inspector Mark Pearson, of the Major Crime Unit, said: “We continue to work at the scene of the murder and there will be a continued police presence in Acomb as we gather evidence from the scene and continue our house-to-house enquiries. I would like to reiterate that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the murder.  


“Once again our thanks go to local people who have been affected by the incident and the road closures, for their patience and understanding while our enquiries continue.


“If you were in the area at the time and have any information that could help our investigation, please contact the Major Crime Unit or Crimestoppers.”


To recap, the incident was reported at around 10.20pm on the night of Monday 27 July 2015.


Officers attended an address in Hamilton Drive where they found a man with multiple stab wounds. He was taken to hospital where he sadly died from his injuries. A second man, aged 29, who was found injured in the street by a member of the public, was treated in hospital and discharged in the early hours of Tuesday morning. A third man, aged  19, has been arrested in connection with the incident. He suffered a self-inflicted injury and is receiving hospital treatment.

New Green Lane/Tudor Road/Hamilton Drive/Piccadilly bus service

Transdev have launched a new bus service link from Acomb to the University via Piccadilly. It is a summer only (University vacation) amendment to their number 44 service and will provide a half hourly frequency.

The timetable can be downloaded by clicking here

First recently announced that they were scrapping their 13A service via Hamilton Drive.

Later the Council vowed to step in and fill the gap although it is now less clear what the long term plans are for bus services in the Hamilton Drive area.

Although during term time the 44 “unibus” is mainly aimed at York University students, anyone can use the service.

Green Lane to University bus timetable click to enlarge

Green Lane to University bus timetable click to enlarge

University to Green Lane bus timetable click to enlarge

University to Green Lane bus timetable click to enlarge