Residents encouraged to have their say on Sim Balk Lane housing plans

Following the publication of a planning application by Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust for 114 homes to be built on a site in the green belt off Sim Balk Lane, local residents are being encouraged to have their say.

General comments, or expressions of support or objection, must be submitted by 23rd February.

In March 2023 the developers held a drop-in session at York College at which the initial designs were shared for comment. Feedback from that consultation exercise has been published along with the detailed plans, which will be considered by the council’s Planning Committee at a meeting (date to be confirmed).

The plans are for 114 affordable homes, with a mix of social rent and shared ownership 1, 2, 3 and 4 bed properties.

The initial design included an area of 30 parking spaces for use by Bishopthorpe White Rose Football Club. This car park seems to have been removed in the final plans, although the ‘Statement of Community Involvement’ refers to a “dedicated parking area available for use by residents and those visiting Bishopthorpe White Rose Football Club.”

Two car parking spaces will be provided for all 2/3-bed properties, and three parking spaces for 4-bed properties. The Travel Plan refers to “promotion of car share scheme” and “communication every year to highlight particular aspects of the Travel Plan to residents, for example walking, cycling, car club or public transport” although the plans seem to suggest that there will be no dedicated car club spaces on the estate.

Comments can be submitted via e-mail to planning.comments@york.gov.uk, quoting reference 24/00129/FULM, or via the council’s planning portal HERE.

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

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Land To The South Of Sim Balk Lane York

Erection of 114no. dwellings with access, open space, landscaping and sustainable drainage 

Ref. No: 24/00129/FULM 

Design and access statement 1 (click)

Design and access statement 2 (click)

NB. This is an application by JRHT. The site is in the Green Belt. It is now open for public comment


67 Orchard Way York YO24 2NY

First floor and single storey side extension 

Ref. No: 24/00116/FUL 

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1 Glenridding York YO24 2SQ

Alterations to front bay window 

Ref. No: 24/00109/FUL 

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29 Hob Moor Terrace York YO24 1EY

Two storey side and rear extension following demolition of detached garage 

Ref. No: 24/00093/FUL 

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Representations can be made in support of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning online web site.  http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

The Council does not routinely consult neighbours by letter when an application is received

Bus shelter upgrades get underway

Improvements to local bus shelters have got underway, with digital displays and audio installed at the bus shelters on Moorcroft Road (near the shops) and Eason View (near the junction with Chaloners Road).

The work has been made possible thanks to the £17.4m Bus Service Improvement Plan funding that was secured by the previous Lib Dem / Green administration which ran City of York Council before May 2023.

Where the display shows minutes, eg ’11 minutes’ then that is a real time estimate based on location information sent by the bus. When the bus is approaching (less than 1 minute away) it will display “Due”. If the display does not receive information from the vehicle it will display the scheduled timetable departure from that stop eg ‘12.25’.

The display may not receive information for a variety of reasons such as the equipment on the bus is missing/faulty or it is passing through an area with poor network signal. It is only as good as the information provided by the operators.

It is planned to roll out these features to more bus shelters over the coming months.

Council confirms scaling back of Tadcaster Road improvement scheme

City of York Council has published an ‘Officer Decision‘ setting out the details of the £600k overspend that will mean that some of the measures to support walking, cycling and bus use along the Tadcaster Road corridor have been dropped. The report states….

“The ground conditions issues arose from an early stage in the project and have been monitored from early in 2023. The project team initially instigated a ‘value engineering’ exercise in conjunction with the contractor. This is an exercise to identify where proposed works can be removed from the scheme without detriment to the outcomes, and also where time can be reduced by approaching the work in a different way.

When it was realised that ‘value engineering’ on its own would be insufficient to meet the needs of reducing costs, a second process of more difficult decisions was undertaken. This involved cutting back to the absolute minimum where proposed works would be allowed to go ahead.

However it should be borne in mind that some items of work have gone past a point of no return and have to be completed. Likewise, finishing off processes such as carriageway surfacing, have to address the requirements of surface regularity and therefore have to be scheduled in.”

There is understandable dismay that the section of the route which is arguably most problematic for cyclists and pedestrians – the very narrow shared path near to Dringhouses Cemetery – will see no improvements, at least in the immediate future.

In better news, council officers have shared with local councillors details of a separate scheme to improve the spiral path at the entrance to the Solar System Way.

Cllr Ashley Mason at the entrance to the Solar System Way

The long-awaited improvements at this location were required as a condition of the planning permission that was granted for the construction of the Bishopthorpe White Rose football pitches which have been in use for some time.

Council officers have indicated that they do not believe that planning permission is needed for the path improvements here, as they are discharging a planning condition associated with the football pitches. It is understood that the works will get underway in March or April.

The plans shared with local councillors are set out below.

Latest planning application 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

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26 Lindale York YO24 2SR

Proposal      Single storey side extension

Reference   24/00036/FUL

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Representations can be made in support of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning online web site.  http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

The Council does not routinely consult neighbours by letter when an application is received

Wains Grove to be resurfaced

The council has announced that Wains Grove is to be resurfaced, with work starting on 23 January for three days.

The road – which has a tarmac layer on top of concrete – has deteriorated significantly in recent years, posing a hazard to pedestrians and cyclists in particular.

Councillors and residents have been campaigning for the road to be resurfaced

The works will be carried out between 8am and 5pm.

In order to carry out the work safely, the use of a full road closure will be necessary whilst works are taking place. All on-street parking will be suspended during the hours of the works for the full duration, but specific access requirements can be arranged by speaking to the site Traffic Management Operatives, who will coordinate with residents (and business requirements) around the ongoing work operations.

Emergency services will be permitted through the works in any situation.

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

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The Square Dringhouses York

Fell 1 no. Holly – Council tree protected by Tree Preservation Order CYC149

Ref. No: 23/02385/TPO 

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Site To South Of 24 Chaloners Road York

Outline application for 3 detached self-build plots with all matters reserved

Ref. No: 24/00004/OUT 

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York College Sim Balk Lane York YO23 2BB

Variation of condition 12 of permitted application 22/01278/FULM to alter the BREEAM rating

Ref. No: 23/02365/FUL 

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Askham Bar Tadcaster Road Dringhouses York

Non-material amendment to permitted application 22/02199/FULM for the re-siting of the scanner unit to replace portakabins

Ref. No: 23/02358/NONMAT 

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All Saints Pavilion And Sports Field Sim Balk Lane York

Certificate of lawfulness for proposed development of a 2m high v-mesh fence to enclose playing fields

Ref. No: 23/02341/CPD 

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Representations can be made in support of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning online web site.  http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

The Council does not routinely consult neighbours by letter when an application is received

Latest planning application 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

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Address       54 White House Gardens York YO24 1EA

Proposal      Certificate of lawfulness for proposed development of a hip to gable roof extension and rear dormer

Reference   23/02329/CPD

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Representations can be made in support of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning online web site.  http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

The Council does not routinely consult neighbours by letter when an application is received