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Piccadilly shops and flats plan approved
NEW flats and shops are to be built in the centre of York after planners approved scaled-back proposals for the city’s Castle Piccadilly area.
LaSalle Ltd, which owns the Coppergate Centre, has won unanimous approval from City of York Council’s planning committee to turn the Banana Warehouse building and neighbouring computer and furniture shops on Piccadilly into 37 apartments and two new stores. They say the scheme will freshen the appearance of a rundown stretch of the street.
Graeme Chalk, spokesman for LaSalle’s development manager Centros, said: “We are very pleased to receive this planning approval and, by providing some much-needed homes in the city-centre, this development will play a significant part in the regeneration and revitalisation of Piccadilly.”
The development has been designed by Holder Mathias Architects, whose director Max Poole said: “With a strong design approach and sensitive consideration to the historical setting, this development will greatly enhance the character of the area.”
A date for work to start has yet to be confirmed. City council leader James Alexander said: “This is another example of the renewed confidence the city has in our economy - Labour has been working hard to bring brownfield developments forward and I am pleased planning permission has been granted.”
LaSalle confirmed in July that any prospect of a £200 million retail-led Castle Piccadilly redevelopment had been abandoned following the council’s decision to approve a new shopping complex at the Vangarde site at Monks Cross last year.
LaSalle said the city-centre site had always posed development problems and more out-of-town shopping meant the scheme it had hoped to move forward would not be viable.
The Banana Warehouse frontage, seen as being historically important, will be retained but its surroundings will be demolished. The flats will be built in a U-shape, with a communal courtyard opening up onto the River Foss, and 21 car-parking spaces and 44 cycle-parking spaces provided.
The Environment Agency had objected to the plans due to flooding concerns, and English Heritage, while not opposing the scheme, said a new masterplan for a comprehensive Castle Piccadilly development should now be drawn up.
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