Cherry Lane planning application refused

At a meeting of the council’s Area Planning Committee on 20 August, an application for outline planning permission to build five detached homes on land to the south of Cherry Lane was refused.

Councillor Stephen Fenton addressed the meeting to express concerns about road safety at what is already a busy stretch of road. He asked the committee that, if they were minded to approve the application, a condition be added for speed limiting ramps to be installed to slow down traffic coming from Tadcaster Road.

As it turned out, the application was refused on a number of grounds including impact on the green corridor.

Surprise at Sim Balk Lane development plans

Local councillors and residents were taken by surprise when a poster board appeared at the junction of Sim Balk Lane and Tadcaster Road advertising “another development opportunity by Gateway Developments.”

The poster helpfully displays a web address – www.gatewayyork.co.uk

The website of the developers, Gateway, sets out an ambition to develop four sites – two in Dringhouses either side of Sim Balk Lane, and two in Bishopthorpe on Church Lane and Copmanthorpe Lane.

In Dringhouses, the developers have identified 25 hectares of Green Belt land either side of Sim Balk Lane, highlighted in red on the map below, which they claim is suitable for “mixed use development comprising of residential, care home, hotel and leisure.” Neither site is earmarked for development in York’s emerging Local Plan.

The developers envisage that these two sites could accommodate 247 new homes, or could lend themselves to a mixed-use development, claiming that “this site would offer a great opportunity for a hotel in close proximity of the sites next to the college, similarly providing scope and expansion of the college facilities.”

The developers state that “the site, due to its current land uses, does not have an effect upon the historic visual character of the city of York and will enhance the surrounding developed sites with employment opportunities and facilities.”

No mention is made of the impact that any development would have on an already congested highways network in this part of the city, or how these impacts might be mitigated.

Local councillors will update residents as and when we learn more about the developers’ plans.

Cherry Lane housing development recommended for approval

Plans to build five detached homes on land off Cherry Lane will be discussed at a meeting of the council’s Area Planning Committee on Thursday 20 August at 4.30pm. The officer recommendation is that the application is approved. The officer report is available to view HERE.

Illustrative site layout

One of the concerns raised by objectors to the scheme is the impact on road safety, specifically the poor sight lines for vehicles exiting onto Cherry Lane. The officer report states that “details of the new junction have been agreed to ensure safety for all road users.”

We understand that this includes a speed hump on the narrow section of Cherry Lane on the approach to the entrance to the development, but disappointingly no measures are proposed on Cherry Lane on the approach to the entrance to the development coming from Tadcaster Road. The map below sets out some of the issues at hand here.

Victory! Askham Bog appeal dismissed

Local Liberal Democrat councillors have welcomed the decision made by the Government’s Planning Inspector to reject the appeal against the council’s refusal to grant planning permission to build 516 homes on land next to the Askham Bog Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The application had been refused by City of York Council’s Planning Committee in 2019 on the basis that the proposed development, on land off Moor Lane in Woodthorpe, was inappropriate due to the impact on Askham Bog and local infrastructure. The developer then appealed against that decision, which led to a public inquiry being held.

Cllr Stephen Fenton said: “I am delighted that Askham Bog has been saved – this is a real victory for our community. Local Liberal Democrat councillors have fought this development for years and I hope that we can finally put this issue to rest. The threat of development on this site has been hanging over the community ever since the then Labour-run council identified the land for housing in their draft Local Plan.

Councillors Stephen Fenton, Ashley Mason and Paula Widdowson at Askham Bog in 2019

“Today’s news will come as a huge relief for local residents who had considerable concerns about the impact that this number of homes would have had on local infrastructure such as roads and healthcare services which are already struggling.

Councillor Stephen Fenton at Askham Bog in 2018 with Louise Wilkinson and Alastair Fitter from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

“It has been an incredible community effort, with residents rallying to the cause and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust collecting over 7,000 petition signatures. I would like to thank everyone who has been part of this campaign.”

Application goes in for 60 apartments on Cherry Lane

A planning application has been submitted for the construction of 60 retirement apartments on Cherry Lane, off Tadcaster Road. The site is currently occupied by three properties.

The developers held a drop-in session for residents at the Holiday Inn in February

Full details of the planning application have been published on the council website HERE.

The deadline for residents to lodge comments in support or objection is Thursday 30 April.

Further details revealed on proposed retirement apartments

Developers Adlington have revealed more details of the retirement apartments they propose to build on Cherry Lane in Dringhouses.

A public exhibition was held at the Holiday Inn on 19 February at which a number of display boards were on show. Staff from Adlington met with many local residents who attended to talk through the proposals. Cllr Stephen Fenton also called in to learn more about the plans.

Adlington have published the display boards on their website HERE and continue to invite feedback.

Retirement apartments plan for Cherry Lane

Residents and local councillors have been invited to attend an exhibition to learn more about a proposal to build retirement apartments on land off Cherry Lane in Dringhouses.

Prior to submitting a planning application, the developer – Adlington Retirement Living – is seeking to give local residents an opportunity to view and comment on the proposals. The exhibition will be held at the Holiday Inn on Wednesday 19 February from 2.30pm to 7pm.

The proposed development site is currently occupied by three detached properties. We understand that the apartments, which will be use class ‘C2’, will be for purchase by older people requiring care and will include communal facilities.

This latest proposal comes soon after an application for outline planning consent was submitted for five detached homes to be built on an adjacent site off Cherry Lane.

A flyer publicising the exhibition is copied below.

Planning application for five homes off Cherry Lane

An application for outline planning consent has been submitted for five detached homes to be built on land off Cherry Lane in Dringhouses.

The site of the proposed development is not earmarked for any specific purpose in the draft Local Plan, nor is is it within the proposed Green Belt boundary.

Full details of the application can be found HERE. The deadline for comments to be submitted is 28 January 2020.

Action to create additional parking provision for Dringhouses

Local Lib Dem councillors are taking action to protect grass verges from being turned into mud baths and provide parking for houses and flats in Dringhouses that have no off-street parking.

Ward funding and Housing Environmental Improvement funds are set to be used to create new parking bays, some of which will be layby-style and others similar to the ‘ecogrid’ bays recently established at Dringfield Close (pictured below).

Sites identified so far include North Lane, Wains Road, Southfield Crescent and Chaloners Road. There is also a proposal to expand the parking provision in front of the three-storey block of flats on Thanet Road. Letters have been sent to affected residents asking for their views before the plans are finalised.

Councillors are also hoping to be able to identify funding to support verge cross-overs to be created for council properties, with Thanet Road being a likely beneficiary.

In an attempt to protect verges from being driven over and destroyed, it is planned to trial some planting on verges at the southern end of Wains Road.