Business Rates reduction scheme gets nod

Council reveals who pays the most and least in rates

Tesco has largest rates bill in York

The Government scheme to reduce business rates by 33% for medium sized retailers has been approved. New bills are expected to be sent out shortly.

The decision comes as the Council lifts the veil on business rates (NNDR) in York. A report to a meeting next week says that 2000 local businesses are entirely exempt from paying rates. (Businesses with a rateable value of less than £12,000 are exempt from paying rates).

The bottom 50% of businesses pay an average of less than £1000 per annum.

The biggest bill is paid by Tesco which alone has a bill in York of over £3 million.

7 of the top 10 charges are for superstores, including those at Vangarde.

The top 3 non-retail rates bills are for Nestle (£1.4m), Defra (£930k) and CYC’s West Offices (£730k).

Hotels are large contributors, The Grand having a net charge of £680k, The Principal paying £547k and the StayCity Aparthotel on Paragon Street contributing £343k.

Within the city centre, the highest charges are paid by Marks and Spencer for their Parliament Street store (£527k), Primark (£366k) and Boots (£355k).

The highest rateable value of £7m is for the University of York, although the University is a charity and receives 80% relief on its liability.

Coney Street and Parliament Street still have the highest rateable values. Click here to see a list of the values in each City Centre street.

The York Council is increasingly dependant on business rate income to fund public services.

The report reveals that, although rates are payable on empty properties (after 3 months), the BHS store on Coney Street has been exempted from the charge by the Valuation Office. There are other exemptions mainly for charities and amateur sports clubs.

Business rate levels are set by central government. Income is shared between the local authority and central government.

28% of the York Council’s budget is now funded from business rates .

The Council is expected to submit an expression of interest in the new “Future High Street Fund” at a meeting being held on 22nd March.

NB. The Council refused recently to publish a complete list of long term business rate debtors.

Giraffe seeks license on Tadcaster Road

Two premises licenses have been received by the York Council.

One seeks to establish a new restaurant at the Tesco store on Tadcaster Road

Date of

Application

Premises Applicant Brief Description of Application Last date for reps
31/07/14

 

CYC 023866

Giraffe (Tesco Extra Store)

Askham Bar

Tadcaster Road

York

YO24 1LW

Giraffe Concepts Ltd Application for the grant of a premises licence to allow for

i) Late Night Refreshment

Mon – Sun

23:00hrs – 24:00hrs

ii) Supply of Alcohol

Mon – Sun

07:00hrs – 23:00hrs

iii) Opening Hours

Mon – Sun

07:00hrs- 24:00hrs

 

28/08/14
25/07/2014

CYC 023831

McDonalds Restaurant

Monks Cross Drive

Monks Cross

York

YO32 9GW

McDonalds Restaurant Limited Application for the grant of a premises licence to allow for

i) Late Night Refreshment

24 hours

ii) Opening Hours

24 hours

 

22/08/14

All applications can be viewed in full at the council offices with prior notice.  Contact the licensing section on 01904 552512 for an appointment to view.  Representations must be made in writing in the timescale indicated on the notice and sent to the Licensing Office, Hazel Court EcoDepot, James Street, York YO10 3DS.

Representations must relate to one or more of the 4 licensing objectives of the Act namely, prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm.