Big planning decisions in York
The largest proposal concerns the land to the rear of the railway station. Known as “York Central” redevelopment of the area has been on the cards for nearly two decades. It has finally reached the planning application stage. The report recommends that the plans be forwarded to the Secretary of State for endorsement. The plans have attracted some opposition, but the economic and social welfare of the City depends on making some progress on the site now. Hopefully some of the ill judged ideas such as having only one-way traffic through the Marble Arch tunnel can be changed at a later stage.
There is already a lot of local disquiet about the way that the Council are implementing their plans for this area. Many of the comments on the “Save Lowfields Playing Field” Facebook page are from disgruntled local residents who, even at this early stage, point to conflicts between lorries and parked cars, muddy roads and the ripping out of trees and hedges.
They are asking that the new parking spaces promised for Tudor Road be constructed before the existing parking lay-by is lost as an access road is constructed.
Further along the road, the “Yorspace” application has been heavily criticised by local residents. The main concerns related to the lack of affordable units proposed on the site, the impact on the natural environment including inappropriate boundary treatments, security concerns relating to the adjacent public snicket access to little Tudor Road, the proposal to remove the railings which protect adjacent properties, inadequate car parking provision and the impact that overspill parking by residents, families and visitors could have on neighbouring streets and the height of the buildings.
Council officials have revealed that they have approved 5 outstanding conditions, for activities on the building site, despite several objections.
The Council has made an embarrassing series of mistakes on the proposal to extend this independent living building. Even now they have published papers which imply (wrongly) that the new apartments will be classified as “Extra Care” units. It has had plenty of time to clarify that issue.
There is some hope now that the future of the adjacent games area will be secured. Local Councillors are understood to have taken the initiative to discuss moving the facility to the local rugby club ground. If so, that would be a good solution to a problem which has also raised concerns from Sport England, and the resident’s association.
- Millthorpe School, Nunthorpe Avenue, York YO23 1PF [18/01162/FUL] Construction of a 3G sports pitch with associated lighting, fencing and parking.
- The Groundsmans House (No 24) And Land To Rear Mount Vale Drive, York [18/01655/FULM] Erection of 12no. dwellings within the grounds of The Mount School with access and servicing off Mount Vale Drive following demolition of dwelling at 24 Mount Vale Drive.
- London Ebor Developments Plc, Millfield Business Centre, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York [16/02545/FULM] Change of use from warehouse (use class B8) to gym (use class D2)
- London Ebor Developments Plc, Millfield Business Centre, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York [18/02080/FULM] Change of use from existing offices and warehouse to adventure play park (class D2).
All applications are recommended for approval