Moor Lane rail compound – drop-in session on 8 December

Network Rail have organised a drop-in session for local residents on Wednesday 8 December to discuss plans for a temporary compound on land next to the railway line off Moor Lane in Woodthorpe. The event will be held at York College from 4pm to 7pm. Local councillors were made aware of the event in an e-mail from Network Rail on Monday 6 December, though we understand that there has been a letter drop to households near the compound site.

Earlier this year councillors called on Network Rail to engage with local residents about the plans after they announced their plans to establish a compound on Moor Lane to support upgrade work on the line between York and Church Fenton. The initial plans would have seen the compound located 40 metres away from homes on Moor Lane. News of the plans led directly to the sale of a home falling through at the last minute, causing the residents considerable distress.

Cllr Stephen Fenton has repeatedly called on Network Rail to meaningfully engage with local residents

Cllr Stephen Fenton called on Network Rail to pause their plans and listen to the concerns expressed by local residents. Then in April Network Rail announced that they were proposing to move the compound further downfield to help reduce both visual and noise disturbance from the site.

In their latest e-mail to Cllr Fenton on 6 December, Network Rail said:

“This compound will be vital in enabling us to carry out major track improvement work as part of our Transpennine Route Upgrade, which will allow more frequent, more reliable, faster, greener trains between York, Leeds and Manchester. For a number of months our project team have been investigating what they can do to minimise disruption and intrusion for lineside neighbours and the local community.

Following feedback, we have now been able to move the site of the compound further down the field and additional shielding will be provided by a topsoil barrier. Both these mitigations will help reduce both visual and noise disturbance from the site to residents while we carry out these major upgrade works. We continue to work with City of York Council to obtain agreement to widen the main access gate to assist large vehicles to enter and exit the site.

It is planned that the compound will be active from 15 February 2022 until approximately July 2024. It will only be in operation when required, which will not be for the entirety of this period, but when in use the compound will be operating up to 24-hours a day, which will generate a low to moderate level of noise.

Below is a diagram showing the improved location and layout of the temporary compound. The machine stabling will be placed furthest away from the houses to reduce noise and disturbance. The compound will include:  

  • Temporary office 
  • Staff welfare facility and toilet units
  • Containers for storage   
  • Fuel bowser and generator
  • Car parking spaces”
Network Rail’s latest compound plans

Cllr Stephen Fenton commented “I’m pleased that Network Rail have organised this event to provide residents with an opportunity to quiz the Network Rail team about the plans and the impact that the compound is likely to have on neighbouring households. I remain concerned in particular about the proposed vehicular access arrangements onto Moor Lane – I note that Network Rail is in contact with council officers about this and would hope and expect there to be a thorough safety assessment undertaken.”

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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22 Eason Road York YO24 2HZ

Two storey side and single storey front extension 

Ref. No: 21/02501/FUL 

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York Lakeside Lodges 26C Moor Lane Acomb York YO24 2QU

Erection of entrance pillars, walls and gate (retrospective) 

Ref. No: 21/02466/FUL 

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

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

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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4 Ashbourne Way York YO24 2SW

Remove limb from Oak; fell young tree protected by Tree Preservation Order no. 10 (in front of 2 Ashbourne Place, Ashbourne Way) 

Ref. No: 21/01866/TPO 

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156 Moor Lane Acomb York YO24 2YZ

First floor side extension above existing garage with two storey rear extension and balcony to rear 

Ref. No: 21/01823/FUL 

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

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

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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31 College Court Dringhouses York YO24 1UH

Crown thin by 30% Beech tree protected by Tree Preservation Order no. CYC290

Ref. No: 21/01729/TPO 

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25 White House Gardens York YO24 1DZ

Condition 3 (materials) – 20/00753/FUL

Ref. No: AOD/21/00199 

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35 Pulleyn Drive York YO24 1DY

Single storey rear extension

Ref. No: 21/01682/FUL 

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21 Moor Lane Acomb York YO24 2QX

Certificate of lawfulness for proposed use as a children’s home for up to three residents

Ref. No: 21/01657/CPU 

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38 Acomb Wood Drive York YO24 2XN

Partial conversion of existing garage to habitable space

Ref. No: 21/01665/FUL 

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Abbeyfield House Regency Mews York

Variation of condition 2 (approved plans) of permitted application 17/01419/FULM to remove ‘Stair 2’ and replace with external escape stair, remove second floor hobby room and for all external cladding to be replaced with blue brick

Ref. No: 21/01653/FUL 

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33 The Horseshoe York YO24 1LY

Variation of condition 2 of permitted application 20/02042/FUL to amend gable detail above bay window

Ref. No: 21/01644/FUL 

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

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

Latest planning applications for the 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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35 Moor Lane Acomb York YO24 2QX

Two storey and single storey rear extension

Ref. No: 21/01382/FUL 

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98B Tadcaster Road Dringhouses York YO24 1LT

Variation of condition 2 of permitted application 20/00990/FUL to alter passing place

Ref. No: 21/01370/FUL 

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Representations can be made in favour 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 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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33 The Horseshoe York YO24 1LY

Approval of Condition 3 (materials) of 20/02042/FUL

Ref. No: AOD/21/00146 

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5 Meadow Court York YO24 2JF

Certificate of lawfulness for proposed development of single storey rear extension following demolition of conservatory

Ref. No: 21/01260/CPD 

8 The Covert York YO24 1JN

Erection of detached garden room to rear

Ref. No: 21/01207/FUL 

Chapmans Pond Moor Lane Acomb York

Siting of single storey portable site office

Ref. No: 21/00918/FUL 

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

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

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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York College Sim Balk Lane York YO23 2BB

Siting of additional marquee for temporary period until July 2022 (retrospective)

Ref. No: 21/01231/FUL 

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66 Moor Lane Acomb York YO24 2QY

Dormer to rear and 1no. roof light to front

Ref. No: 21/01203/FUL 

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32 Eason View York YO24 2HX

Replacement garage following demolition of garage

Ref. No: 21/01137/FUL 

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115 Tadcaster Road Dringhouses York YO24 1XA

2 no. single storey extensions to rear

Ref. No: 21/01128/FUL |

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4 The Pastures York YO24 2JE

Single storey rear extension

Ref. No: 21/01118/FUL 

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23 North Lane York YO24 2NZ

Erection of detached garage to front

Ref. No: 21/01124/FUL 

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30 Moor Grove York YO24 2NP

Single storey front extension

Ref. No: 21/01084/FUL 

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Representations can be made in favour 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

Network Rail backtrack on compound plans

Councillor Stephen Fenton has welcomed a decision by Network Rail to move a proposed compound further away from homes on Moor Lane.

In February, residents and councillors were shocked to receive notification that Network Rail planned to establish a compound on Moor Lane to support upgrade work on the line between York and Church Fenton until February 2024. Network Rail said that it would be used to provide access to the railway, to store materials and machinery and to house staff welfare facilities.

The initial plans would have seen the compound located 40 metres away from homes on Moor Lane. News of the plans led directly to the sale of a home falling through at the last minute, causing the residents considerable distress. Cllr Fenton called on Network Rail to pause their plans and listen to the concerns expressed by local residents.

Network Rail have now announced that they are proposing to move the compound further downfield to help reduce both visual and noise disturbance from the site. This move will place the site approximately 120 metres away from houses.

Network Rail have written to nearby residents with this information and have promised to host a community event via Microsoft Teams in the near future so that residents can find out more and ask any questions. No date has been set for work to begin on the site, but Network Rail have said that they will give residents at least one month’s notice.

Stephen commented:

“I am pleased that Network Rail have come up with a new proposal that will move the compound further way from homes on Moor Lane. It’s just a pity that this has come after two months of worry and stress for many affected residents, which could have been avoided if Network Rail has engaged with residents and local councillors earlier.

“I welcome the commitment to hold an engagement event, which will be important as there remain many unanswered questions around how highway safety will be managed on a very busy road, and what steps will be taken to minimise the nuisance to residents caused by the operation of the compound.”

Network Rail have also provided a Q&A on the compound plans.

Q1. Why have you chosen to put the proposed temporary compound where it is? 

Due to the location of work and where we need to access the track, we looked at the area between York and Dringhouses to identify a section of available land where we would cause the least disruption to surrounding neighbours and locate it away from as many houses as possible.

Once created, the proposed compound in Dringhouses will be one of several linked compounds between York to Church Fenton, which must all be on the same side of the tracks, closest to the two lines where our major work is being undertaken. These compounds have to be spaced around two kilometres apart to enable effective access to the track to carry out the work as efficiently as possible.

We will be doing all we can to make sure we cause the least disruption to neighbours which is why we propose moving the compound location further away from houses. This also includes closely monitoring noise, traffic and light, as well as strictly enforcing our staff on site to be mindful they are working in a residential area. We will continue to explore what further options are available to help reduce disruption from the site and will present these to you at the aforementioned community event.

Q2. How long will the proposed temporary compound be in place?

As yet, we have not established an exact start on-site-date. All we can say currently is that we anticipate it will open later this year and we aim to provide you with clarity around dates in due course. Once opened, the compound will stay in operation until approximately February 2024.

Q3. How far away from the houses is the proposed temporary compound? 

The closest house will be approximately 123 metres away from the operating compound. The machine stabling where all machinery will be stored has been placed furthest away from the houses, nearer to the track, to reduce noise and disturbance to residents. The new location further downfield means that the access road to get to it will be longer. Tree cover will mean the compound is less visually intrusive.  

Q4. How will the compound impact the traffic in the area and what studies have been undertaken? 

As part of our work on the revised compound, we will consider impacts on local roads and measures to manage traffic and any anticipated disruption. More information about the outputs of this assessment will be communicated in due course.

Q5. What level of noise should residents expect to hear?

Once the proposed compound is open, due to it being operational 24-hours a day, this will generate low-moderate noise. Overnight work will start to increase when we begin the piling work, but we do not have work schedules to share just yet. The Road Rail Access Point, once created, will be used regularly during the day and night. We will inform residents in advance of any noisy work due to take place and provide details as to what we are doing to minimise it.

Q6. How will worker behaviour be managed? 

Our teams will be briefed and are mindful that they will be working close to our neighbours and the disturbance this can cause. This includes, not running car/van engines, no shouting, no littering. We will be enforcing these measures as strictly as possible. 

Q7. Will lighting in the temporary compound come into my house? 

We propose that there will be five tower lights placed within the compound (to be used at night) and positioned to ensure they do not directly shine at any houses. Night-time task lighting will also be used for work on track and angled so it does not disturb our lineside neighbours when it is dark. 

Q8. What if there is damage to the road or verges?  

If there is any damage to the roads or verges that residents have concern about and have been caused by the work taking place, these will be address by the project team and investigated. 

Q9. Why did residents receive short notice about the temporary compound? 

The original letter about the compound was mailed approximately ten days prior to the initial planned date to open the compound on 01 March. We had to wait to send this out to allow for the conclusion of the landowner lease agreement but appreciate insufficient information and notice was provided.

Q10. What is a topsoil bund?

Topsoil is the upper, outermost layer of soil, usually the top 5–10 inches. It has the highest concentration of organic matter and therefore is a valuable material for farmers. We have to keep this topsoil on site, neatly stored as an earth bank or bund, and it will be returned to the land once the compound is closed. 

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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8 Nelsons Lane York YO24 1HD

Fell Lawson Leylandii tree in a Conservation Area

Ref. No: 21/00642/TCA 

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54 Eden Close York YO24 2RD

First floor rear and single storey front extensions

Ref. No: 21/00618/FUL 

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80 Moor Lane Acomb York YO24 2QY

First floor rear extension

Ref. No: 21/00611/FUL 

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York College Sim Balk Lane York YO23 2BB

Siting of marquee for temporary period until July 2022 (retrospective)

Ref. No: 21/00604/FUL 

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

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

UPDATE – Network Rail agree to pause compound plans

Following Cllr Stephen Fenton’s meeting with representatives on 24 February, Network Rail have confirmed that they intend to pause their Moor Lane compound plans until 19 March to allow for meaningful engagement and dialogue with residents.

It is not clear what form this engagement will take, but this is a welcome move. We will share further information as and when it is available.