Parkrun one of hundreds of activities for young people this summer

click to download list of events

click to download list of events

York’s new Knavesmire junior parkrun is one of the hundreds of workshops, courses, events, clubs and activities featured in the Summer2016 edition of Shine magazine which is celebrating its tenth year

Most of the Shine programme activities are scheduled for the school summer holidays, but for those who can’t wait to get started the Knavesmire junior parkrun starts this Sunday (3 July).

The parkrun is a free, timed two-kilometre run for children of all abilities aged from four to 14 years and is a perfect fit with the expansive programme of fitness activities and sports sessions planned for local young people.

Shine activities are aimed at those aged five to 18, together with their families. The programme offers accessible opportunities to enjoy a summer of activities to keep fit, explore new hobbies, learn exciting new skills such as movie making, and shares information on how to continue sport, play, arts and activities in parks and libraries beyond the end of the school holidays.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Deputy Leader of City of York Council with responsibility for Economic Development and Community Engagement said: “Over the last ten years Shine has grown to an exciting programme of activities for York’s young people, with something to appeal to all interests and abilities.

“The schedule, which includes sessions delivered by a wide range of partner organisations and volunteers, offers young people the chance to develop skills, make new friends and engage in new hobbies throughout the summer.”

Julie Mackenzie, Event Director of Knavesmire junior parkrun said: “We’re really looking forward to helping young people get outside, get active and have fun.”

The Knavesmire junior parkrun will take place every Sunday at 9am (with the exception of race days and other events). To take part children and young people must be registered with parkrun and have their unique bar-code with them. For more information visit www.parkrun.org.uk/knavesmire-juniors.

For more information about the Shine programme look out for the brochure from schools, pick up a copy from libraries or search online at www.yor-ok.org.uk/shine   

New LED Streetlights in Dringhouses and Woodthorpe

The Liberal Democrats as part of the joint executive running York, are investing in 937 new LED street lights which are now going to be rolled out across more parts of the city. This follows an investment of £466,000 in the 2016/2017 budget. The new LED street lights are brighter and more energy efficient which will support plans to make York the greenest city in the north and reduce their running costs.
In Dringhouses and Woodthope the new LED street lights will be installed in the coming year along Tadcaster Road and Moor Lane.

Moor Lane green belt plans challenged

The council recently set out its proposals for York’s Local Plan, which includes designating land off Moor Lane as green belt. Previous draft plans brought forward under the Labour administration had proposed building on this land, and then ‘safeguarding’ it for development.

At a meeting of the council’s Local Plan Working Group on 27th June, a speaker from HOW Planning put forward an alternative vision for the land off Moor Lane, which would see 1,250 houses built on the site.

A letter sent to members of the Local Plan Working Group by Northampton-based Barwood Development Securities Ltd is available here – Letter to LPWG members 270616, and their ‘vision document’ setting out their plans for the site, is available here – Moor Lane Vision Doc .

The document includes a map showing the extent of the land that Barwood propose to develop (copied below). The proposals cover a much larger area than was included in the previous draft plan as ‘safeguarded’ land.

Moor Lane site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local councillor Ann Reid, who is a member of the Local Plan Working Group, said  “I do not support these proposals, and made that clear at last night’s meeting. Local residents who backed the campaign to protect the land off Moor Lane as green open space will be alarmed at what is being proposed here.”

“The consultation on the proposed Local Plan – which would see the land off Moor Lane protected from development – is likely to get underway in mid July. It is important that everyone who wants to see this area protected takes part in that consultation and makes their views known.”

Latest planning applications for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward

 Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Dringhouses and Woodthorpe ward. 

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference

——

38 Acomb Wood Drive York YO24 2XN

Fell 4 Silver Birch trees; remove branches from 3 Oak trees by Tree Preservation Order No.:10 

Ref. No: 16/01488/TPO 

—–

6A Chalfonts York YO24 1EX

Fell Cherry tree in a Conservation Area

Ref. No: 16/01517/TCA 

—–

129 Tadcaster Road Dringhouses York YO24 1QJ

Single storey rear extension and dormer to rear

Ref. No: 16/01379/FUL 

—-

125 Tadcaster Road Dringhouses York YO24 1QJ

First floor side and rear and single storey front extensions and alterations to roof, windows and external cladding 

Ref. No: 16/01226/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/

The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received.

Local Plan proposals published

York’s emerging Local Plan will take a step closer to being finalised this month when councillors will be asked to approve a new Local Plan Preferred Sites document, which outlines revised figures for housing, employment and sites that will be used to help pave way for a citywide consultation.

local-plan-map

 

 

 

 

 

The developing Local Plan aims to support the city’s economic growth, addresses the shortage of housing and helps shape future development and employment in York over the next 15-years and beyond.

The draft plan includes a number of changes from the 2014 publication draft which affect the Dringhouses & Woodthorpe ward:

  • The proposals would see land at Moor Lane, Woodthorpe protected – the previous draft plan had this earmarked as ‘safeguarded land’ for future development
  • Two housing sites previously identified on Tadcaster Road – Land at the Racecourse and at Cherry Lane – have been deleted
  • In the previous draft plan, land at the rear of The Square had been earmarked for 49 dwellings. The new proposals would see the land allocated for residential extra care facilities in association with the Wilberforce Trust
  • It is proposed to allocate land at the former Askham Bar park & ride site for residential development for 60 dwellings

In line with the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework, introduced in 2012, a draft report will go before Executive on 30 June, following a meeting with the Local Plan Working Group on 27 June. If approved, the proposals will then be opened up to the public for an eight-week consultation starting in July.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader of City of York Council, said:

We have worked with officers since last May on these proposals which aim to deliver the housing York needs but protect the character setting of the city.

“I’m delighted that we are now moving forward to be in the best possible position to take the emerging Local Plan through to adoption. As part of this process, it’s essential that we engage with members of the public through consultation and this report provides important details on the upcoming Preferred Sites consultation, which we will launch this July.

“As the joint administration we have committed to engage with the York’s residents and businesses and this will be one of a series of stages where we will do this. As well as public exhibitions we are sending information to every household in York which will outline in detail the next steps between now and submission to Government next year.”

The Preferred Sites Document identifies approximately 480 hectares of land for housing and approximately 57 hectares of land for employment. The previous publication draft plan included approximately 960 hectares of land for housing and 61 hectares of land for employment.

The majority of the land removed sits within the draft Green Belt with proposed green field housing sites cut by over 50 per cent from 862 hectares to 366.

The vast majority of draft green belt sites proposed in 2014 have either been removed entirely, substantially altered and/or reduced in size.

In addition to this, the previous publication draft included 335 hectares of safeguarded land identified for longer term need. All safeguarded land has now been removed from the plan. A small element has been reallocated for employment uses at Grimston Bar and Northminster.

Proposed housing on brownfield land has increased from 85 hectares (in 2014) to 101 hectares, with York Central alone earmarked for 1,500 new homes.

These projections are in line with York’s independently-assessed housing need, taking account of completed sites, sites with permission and supplemented by small windfalls (sites which come forward during the plan period). Overall, the proposals will deliver land for at least 8,277 homes for the period up to 2032 and 2,450 homes for the period 2032 and 2037.

Linking housing and employment growth continues to be an important element of this work. Over 50 hectares of employment land has been identified for future development in York over the lifespan of the new plan, including the University of York, York Central and Northminster.

Significant evidence work was undertaken prior to the draft Preferred Sites paper to ensure York’s heritage and conservation, open spaces are protected and flood risk areas were taken into account.

The plan is expected to be submitted to the Secretary of State (Planning Inspectorate) by May 2017.

To view a copy of the Local Plan Working Group report visit: http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=128&MId=9703

To find out more visit www.york.gov.uk/localplan

Lib Dems launch updated 12 Point Plan for York

12 point plan infographic

York’s Executive has said priorities in the next 12 months will include progressing the Local Plan, boosting recycling and supporting the launch of a new Welcome Ambassadors scheme.

The policies were unveiled as part of a revised 12 point plan (which can be downloaded here) and shows the progress which has been made since the Liberal Democrat-Conservative Executive took power last May and launched its original programme. Achievements highlighted include the re-introduction of Ward Committees, extra investment in frontline services, and new cross-party decision making.

The focus will remain on frontline services in the coming year with the roll-out of 94 extra bins, new LED streetlights and a £2.7million investment in road repairs. Work will continue on a new Local Plan, the One Planet York initiative and other major projects such as the Burnholme Health & Wellbeing Campus and York Central. The Executive will also work with Make It York and the new York BID on initiatives to support businesses and promote York, including new Welcome Ambassadors.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader of City of York Council, commented:

“This revised 12 point plan outlines the progress we have made against our original policy priorities from a year ago. This includes the re-introduction of Ward Committees with a £1million budget, the saving of Yearsley Swimming Pool, and extra investment in community-based mental health services.

“Looking ahead, the focus remains on the frontline services that matter to residents with road repairs, street lighting, gulley cleaning and bins all seeing major investment. Boosting recycling and taking forward the One Planet York initiative are major priorities while working with the BID we want to support the launch of a Welcome Ambassador scheme to offer visitors and residents a friendly welcome to the city-centre and help the early-evening economy.”

Tacking street-level issues on Tadcaster Road

We are working to get action on a number of street-level issues in the Tadcaster Road area.

Graffiti has been cleaned off the Middlethorpe Grove Street sign at the junction with Tadcaster Road, and the electric utility company have been asked to clean up the graffiti that has been daubed on one of their cabinets on Tadcaster Road.

This graffiti has now been cleaned off

  This graffiti has now been cleaned off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electric utility box

We have also managed to get the drainage channel outside the vets on Tadcaster Road repaired and cleared out – blockages have been causing the parking layby to flood.

Before....

Before….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...and after

…and after

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have obtained a new street sign for Middlethorpe Drive, as the old sign was badly faded.

Shiny new street sign

Shiny new street sign

Chapmans Pond re-opens for fishing

Chapmans Pond is set to re-open for fishing on Monday 13th June, having been closed for recent weeks to allow the fish to spawn.

The re-opening of the full site comes after a successful summer fair held by Love to East and the Friends of Chapmans Pond on Sunday 12th June.

Chapmans Pond fairVisitors to the fair enjoyed a BBQ and cake stall, as well as a range of stalls and exhibitors including West Thorpe scouts, Dringhouses Library and Holgate Windmill.

And thankfully the rain held off!

Latest planning applications for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward

Details of changes to Goddards historic building on Tadcaster Road. The plan is too change some offices into an extension to the visitor attraction.

Goddards historic building on Tadcaster Road. The plan is too change some offices into an extension to the visitor attraction.

The Woodthorpe greengrocers shop (next to the supermarket) could be turned into a take away

The Woodthorpe greengrocers shop (next to the supermarket) could be turned into a take away

Below are the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Dringhouses and Woodthorpe ward.

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference

——

National Trust Regional Office Goddards 27 Tadcaster Road Dringhouses York YO24 1QG

Internal alterations to form wash up and preparation area in association with part change of use of offices to form extension to existing visitor attraction use

Ref. No: 16/01184/LBC

——-

National Trust Regional Office Goddards 27 Tadcaster Road Dringhouses York YO24 1QG

Part change of use of offices to form extension to existing visitor attraction use

Ref. No: 16/01183/FUL

—–

Address 30 Lycett Road York YO24 1NB

Proposal Two storey side extension, single storey rear extension and dormer to rear

Reference 16/01236/FUL

——

22 Middlethorpe Grove York YO24 1JS

Single storey rear extension

Ref. No: 16/01255/FUL

—–

Greengrocer 53 Moorcroft Road York YO24 2RQ

Change of use from retail (Use Class A1) to hot food takeaway (Use Class A5) with associated alterations including extractor and external vent grill

Ref. No: 16/00974/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/

The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received.

Traffic misery as A64 road works overrun

Highways England have admitted that the overnight closures of the A64 at the Bishopthorpe Bridge are set to continue into July, meaning further disruption for residents of Tadcaster Road as traffic is diverted off the A64 and through the city centre. Highways England had previously said that the works should be completed by the end of May.

A64 diversion sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Complaints by residents about HGVs travelling at speed along Tadcaster Road through the night prompted Cllr Stephen Fenton to request information from Highways England on when the works would finish. Stephen was told that the slippage was due to “a number of reasons including the need for additional drilling works to fix the new barriers on the bridge.”

Stephen commented  “It is disappointing that the works are over-running, and that information about the slippage of the expected completion date wasn’t proactively communicated to residents or local councillors by Highways England.”

Through traffic on the A64 is meant to be diverted onto the A1237 northern ring road, but the signs on the A64 are very near to the turn off for the A1237. Stephen has asked for some signs to be installed back towards Tadcaster, to give HGVs and other through traffic more notice and reduce the likelihood of them all ending up on Tadcaster Road.

The photograph below was taken at 8.30pm on Friday 3rd June, showing traffic backed up on Tadcaster Road almost all the way back to the Askham Bar roundabout.

Tad Rd traffic