UPDATE: We understand that this planning application is being withdrawn. We are happy to point out that the Restore charity rents an office at the Gateway Church premises on Front Street but is otherwise not connected with that organisation.
Councillors on 6th June will consider a planning application to convert a property in St Stephens Road into homeless accommodation.
Four bedrooms in the semi-detached property will be let to individuals who are judged to be currently homeless. The application is associated with the Gateway Church in Acomb and is part of their “Restore” programme
It is unclear from where the clientele, intended to be accommodated there, will come from. A few years ago, a similar application to provide accommodation for former offenders in a property in Tithe Close also raised concerns.
Several residents have objected to the plan which involves declaring the property a “House in Multiple Occupation” (HMO). HMOs have a long history of controversy in parts of York with family accommodation being converted to meet the demands of the City’s burgeoning student population.
Maintenance issues prompted the Council a few years ago to specify the maximum proportion of HMOS that there could be in a neighbourhood. This was an attempt to retain “balanced” communities”.
The number of HMOS in the St Stephens Road area – which is some distance from the nearest higher education facility – is not an issue. There is only one other property nearby which has the designation.
Rather residents concerns have focused on the transient nature of the likely occupants of the property. They are concerned that few will stay long enough to become integrated into, what is, a tight knit community.
Of course, we will never “solve” the problem of homelessness if permanent accommodation options are not made available to those who fall on difficult times. So, initiatives like these are generally to be welcomed.
The charity operates outside the direct control of the local authority and therefore has a responsibility to be accountable to the local community.
The effectiveness of their management and communications is likely to be under scrutiny if the planning application is – as expected – approved.
Residents can attended and register to speak at the meeting taking place on 6th June.
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
Former Lowfield School Dijon Avenue York
Condition 2 – 17/02429/OUTM
Self build code for 6 plots. Specifies maximum 12 months build period
Ref. No: AOD/19/00161
Former Lowfield School Dijon Avenue York
Conditions 10, 13 & 37 of 17/02428/FULM
Ref. No: AOD/19/00160
Windsor House 22 Ascot Way York YO24 4QZ
Conditions 16,19 & 21 of 18/01467/GRG3
Relates to drainage plans. Construction traffic management plan (Access via Ascot Way for delivery lorries using a one-way system! Worker car parking at Hob Moor school, bus stop moved temporarily along Ascot Way), replacement school playing pitches (at York R I)
Ref. No: AOD/19/00159
17 Foxwood Lane York YO24 3LH
Fell Ash tree protected by Tree Preservation Order no. 3.
Ref. No: 19/00907/TPO
15 The Reeves York YO24 3ES
Single storey rear extension.
Ref. No: 19/00726/FUL
56 St Stephens Road York YO24 3EQ
Change of use from dwelling (use class C3) to a House in Multiple Occupation (use class C4).
Ref. No: 19/00562/FUL |
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/
NB. The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received
We’ve reported a lot of issues with litter, full litter bins and dumping today. Hopefully we can get a grip on this problem before it becomes worse.
At approximately 0500 hours on Saturday 29th December 2018, 3 males were found in a garden on St Stephens Road.
It is suspected that the males were intending to break into the house.
Fortunately the males were disturbed by the occupant and they made off.
Please can we ask that you review your home and garden security, and also report any suspicious activity by dialling 999 in an emergency or 101 non emergency.
Officers quickly responded to the area but the males could not be found.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue are reporting that a fire was started deliberately on St Stephens Road this morning.
According to the Service the attack involved a “wheelie bin on fire against the external doors of a 2 storey block of flats.
Resulted in fire damage to wheelie bin, slight fire damage to doors and light smoke damage to entrance foyer.
The cause is deliberate”
High winds have been blamed for he increase in litter seen today. Insecure recycling has been blown around many suburbs with the Council struggling to catch up on their collection schedules post New Year.
Speed checks have been carried out on St Stephens Road following complaints from local residents.
The road has a 20 mph speed limit.
The checks revealed a mean (average) speed of 23/21 mph.
The “85%ile” speeds were 27/26.
(The “85%ile” removes the highest 7.5% and lowest 7.5% of speeds recorded and is generally thought to be the speed limit that a typical driver will respect).
Although the speeds are above the current limit they are fairly typical of sub-urban roads. As we have seen elsewhere, the 20 mph limit has had little impact on driver behaviour.
The mean speeds of course may disguise a small number of drivers who may be exceeding the speed limit by a large margin, but the police do not have the resources to routinely deploy to address this possibility.
The authorities say that the street may be suitable for use of “Community Speed Watch”. This is a system operated by local residents, but it would require suitable volunteers to come forward.