The Council have cut back the bushes which were impeding the Hob Moor cycle track near Hob Stones. There is still some gardening work to do on littler Hob Moor.
Families have finally been able to move into the new Hob Stones development on Windsor Garth. The development was over 18 months behind schedule.
There is still a lot of tidying up to do and people living in nearby flats have complained about damage to grassed areas and inadequate road repairs.
These issues are being followed up by local Councillors.
New health and fitness suite planned for Acomb
Below is the latest planning application received by the York Council for the Westfield ward.
Full details can be found by clicking the words highlighted in blue
65 – 71 York Road Acomb York
Proposal Change of use of first floor of unit 4 from office (use class B1) to health and fitness centre (use class D2)
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/
The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received
The Council has also approved changes to the layout of the Hob Stones development. There now appears to be no planning impediment to the homes being occupied.
All issues have been reported via https://www.fixmystreet.com/
The York Council has been criticised for not keeping its web site up to date.
Residents wanting to check when local roads may be closed for resurfacing and repair will find that information for 2016 has not yet been updated.
The web site promises that
Roadwork schemes which are planned for 2016 will be listed below, per ward, once the annual funding and plans are agreed. Where available: clickable reference numbers show the location of the road works on a map clickable street names show further information
However 4 months into the financial year – and with resurfacing works already underway – no information has been provided.
The lack of information has been criticised by local Councillors who were investigating the mysterious appearance of a sign on Windsor Garth indicating a road closure to accommodate much needed resurfacing work.
Carriageways and footpaths in the area have been badly damaged by vehicles accessing the Hob Stones development.
A start on resurfacing work has been expected next week but this seems highly unlikely in view of the most recent planning delays
Details of the proposed changes to the Hob Stones development on Windsor Garth can now be found on the Council’s web site
The planning application can be read by clicking here
An explanation for the proposed changes from the builder can be found by clicking here
Residents have until 9th August to record any objections.
Unfortunately, the applicant appears to have attempted to drown the application in a sea of documentation much of which replicates the papers submitted 3 years ago. Hopefully the Council will reorder the papers to make it clearer just precisely what changes are being proposed.
The media are reporting that there will be further delays before the “Hob Stones” development will be occupied. The development, located on the former Our Lady’s school site next to Hob Moor, has been branded the unluckiest development in Yorkshire.
The school closed in 2012
The high density development was subject to objections from local residents and amenity groups when it sought planning permission in 2013.
Building work started in May 2014.
Later the appointed building contractors went bust adding another 18 months to the development timetable.
Now it appears that some of the houses, and an access road, have not been built in the correct positions. Although the variances are claimed to be very small it means that a retrospective planning application will be needed to regularise the situation.
This will mean a further delay of about 3 months before the homes are occupied.
The development has been heavily criticised by neighbouring residents who have lived with a “nightmare” of poorly parked vehicles, road damage and congestion caused by building trucks for the last three years.
At the time of writing no revised planning application had been submitted by the developers Yorkshire Housing to the York Council.