Latest planning applications for the Westfield Ward

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

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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

Reference           17/02912/RFPRES

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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

Oakhaven redevelopment – contractor announced

The Council has announced that Ashley House PLC will develop and operate an Extra Care elderly persons facility which will be built on the Oakhaven site on Acomb Road.

Ashley House generally get good inspection reports for their homes.

The deal – agreed at a behind closed doors decision session – also secures for the Council nomination rights to affordable and discount sale apartments for the next  80 years.

There will be 48 one bedroomed and 8 two bedroomed homes provided on the site

Of these

Oakhaven

  • 20 will be for affordable rent,
  • 5 shared ownership,
  • 15 at market rent and
  • 16 outright sale.

The development will include a lounge, cafe/restaurant, buggy store and staff rooms plus 16 car park spaces.

The one bedroomed properties will be rented for £241 a week and the 2 bedroomed properties for £266. The target sale price for the properties is between £165000 and £195,000.

The developer will pay the Council £150,000 for the land.

If the adjacent Police station becomes available, the developer say he will provide an additional 14 apartments on that part of the site.

Further details can be found by clicking here

Carlton Tavern

Coincidentally, the owners of the nearby Carlton Tavern public house have today announced its closure. They are understood to have sold the site to “Crown Care” who will develop a similar care facility.

The Oakhaven proposals are tied up with controversial plans to develop the Lowfields school site.

At Lowfields, government officials have said that they may not be able to intervene to stop the sale and development of the playing fields “if they have not been used for over 10 years”.

York Council officials claim that Lowfields/High School pupils last used the  sports field in September 1997. In reality it was much later than that.

Meanwhile there is considerable confusion about whether the North Yorkshire police can afford to move their Acomb Police Station onto the Lowfields site, while the NHS has confirmed that no funding has been made available for the promised health centre which was also to have been built there.

A communal housing group has meanwhile announced two “public meetings” to discuss their plans for a small section of the Lowfields Site. Yorspace was allocated a site near little Tudor Road by the Councils Executive although the financial terms of any deal are not yet known. Their allocated site is not on the school playing field as such, although they apparently lobbied for the whole of the school campus to be developed (bringing them into potential conflict with the “Save Lowfields Playing Field” action group which was formed in the autumn) .

The meetings are being held on:

  • 11 March – Foxwood Community Centre, Cranfield Pl, York YO24 3HY, 3pm 
  • 15 March – Chill Cafe, 8a Front St, Acomb, York YO24 3BJ, 7pm

 

 

Latest planning application for the Westfield Ward

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

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65 York Road

65 York Road

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)

Reference           16/02477/FUL

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 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.

Hobstones building work

Former Acomb Blockbuster store on market again

39a York RoadA building on the corner of York Road and School Street – formerly occupied by Blockbusters but recently converted into a Post Office and General Store – is on the market again.

Offers of over £99,950 are being invited through Ernest Wilson (tel. 0113 238 2900 Ref: 556919)

The store currently only opens 46 hours a week closing at 12:30pm on Saturdays. The Post Office remuneration is claimed to be around £55,000 pa.

Road repairs

Vesper Drive and York Road

York oad work

York oad work

The annual safety inspection of Vesper Drive was carried out yesterday. Temporary repairs will be carried to maintain the carriageway safe for the public to use until the full resurfacing scheme is completed later this financial year

Meanwhile work continues to move the Controller (new location) for the pedestrian crossing on York Road/Manor Drive.

The controller box is being moved to a more suitable location away from vehicle’s accidentally reversing into it