An appeal against the refusal of planning permission for a 20 metre high 5G phone mast has been rejected.
The mast was due to be erected opposite Acomb Gables.
Rejected by Local Authority planners, we reported in April that the developers had appealed against that decision.
A second application for a mast (which is still outstanding) a few metres away had been branded by residents as “intrusive” It could “impact on the conservation area“. They asked that an alternative, less prominent, location be sought.
Now a government inspector has agreed with the residents.
“.the mast would be an unduly prominent feature to the detriment of the character and appearance of the Conservation Area (CA).
There is a mile stone set against the retaining wall. As a traditional feature, this contributes to the appreciation of the streetscape as well as the character and appearance of the CA. Views on the approach to this mile stone would be obscured by cabinets placed on either side, to the significant detriment of the positive contribution this mile stone makes to the area and the CA.
I conclude that the proposal due to its siting and appearance would lead to significant harm to the character and appearance of the area. The proposal would also fail to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the CA. Within the terms of the Framework the harm to the CA would be less than substantial. However, mindful of my concerns in respect of the visual impact of the proposal and potential alternatives, I do not consider that it has been demonstrated that the public benefits of the proposal in this location are sufficient to outweigh that harm.
In the light of the Inspectors conclusion the local Planning Committee is expected to refuse the second application.
We will monitor the alternative proposal and any applications for other locations which may come forward.
This an application to site a 20 metre high phone mast on York Road. It is technically in the Acomb Ward but may impact on Westfield residents. NB. The mast is higher than the existing mature trees in the area and may therefore be visible from some distance.
This an application relating to the fourth of the six self build plots allocated to the rear of Tudor Road on the Lowfields development. It is classified as being 2.5 storeys high but comes within the height limitation applicable to this development (see extract).
The Union says that it still provide a basic service in the City each week. The published opening hours (which may change during the current health crisis) are:
Bell Farm Social Hall every Tuesday from 9am until 1pm and then 1:45pm until 4pm.
York West Council Offices every Thursday from 9am until 1pm and then 1:45pm until 4pm.
Westfield Children’s Centre every Friday 9am until 12 noon.
Members can call the Union on 03030300010 when they believe they would like to visit and will confirm if the member of staff will be at these properties.
Formerly known as the South Yorkshire Credit Union, the organisation expanded into York when the York and North Yorkshire Credit Union folded in 2012. At that time there were considerable losses for the local authorities involved.
A few years later, the arrival of the SY Credit Union, at premises in what is the poorest part of the City, wasgenerally welcomed.
The York Council has made no statement about the reduced access arrangements although support services like these are likely to be particularly valued during the present health crisis.
Below is the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Westfield ward.
Full details can be found by clicking the application reference
19 York Road
HSBC 19 York Road Acomb York YO24 4LW
Proposal Change of use of ground floor from bank (Use Class A2) to 1 dwellinghouse (use Class C3) under Class M(a), Part 3, Schedule 2 of Article 3 of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015