Misjudged appeal

Misjudged appeal

Misjudged appeal

First published in Letters by

CITY of York Council’s failed legal challenge against the Government’s planning inspector’s ruling on the 200-home Grain Store site was clearly misguided and showed poor judgement (The Press, February 8).

The council claimed the inspector’s decision to allow the developer not to have to provide any affordable housing was ‘irrational’, adding that his reasoning had been ‘inadequate’.

With such a damning criticism, which questioned the inspector’s professional competence and interpretation, did the council really expect to win this appeal?

The defeat the council suffered resulted in it having to pay the Government’s legal costs of £8,648. At a time of cuts in spending and increased council tax, it is unacceptable that the council had taken a risk in losing this money.

This is the third time that the council has lost appeals on this site. The first time was in September 2008, after the developer appealed because the council had not given a decision on their planning application made in August 2007. The second was in June last year, and then the current one.

When York needs housing so badly there is something seriously wrong with the council’s approach; it has caused several delays to this site through unsuccessful appeals.

It’s time the council learned from its mistakes.

Paul S Cordock, Durlston Drive, Strensall, York.

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5:42pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Rocking Horse says...

It will be interesting to see who buys this site, now that Water Lane Ltd has a planning consent that will allow it to put the site on the market.

The local favourites would normally be Persimmon and Barratt, but, both have around 700 plots in York , started, or almost ready to start. Persimmon with Germany Beck and the Barbican, and Barratt with Derwenthorpe (60% of the site is private), Terrys, and Strensall Tannery. With this amount of plots in their landbanks for York already, it might put them out of the running because of over-exposure ?

Others with deep enough pockets and not overloaded with York sites are, Taylor Wimpey, Bellway and Redrow.

With no affordable (social) housing requirements, this site will be able to provide more 2/3 bed private market homes at more affordable prices due to not having to subsidise any social units. It will also have a selling advantage, through buyers not being concerned about the problems associated with some social housing tenants.

Lets see if sites like this, can provide solutions to York's housing market that others cannot ?
It will be interesting to see who buys this site, now that Water Lane Ltd has a planning consent that will allow it to put the site on the market. The local favourites would normally be Persimmon and Barratt, but, both have around 700 plots in York , started, or almost ready to start. Persimmon with Germany Beck and the Barbican, and Barratt with Derwenthorpe (60% of the site is private), Terrys, and Strensall Tannery. With this amount of plots in their landbanks for York already, it might put them out of the running because of over-exposure ? Others with deep enough pockets and not overloaded with York sites are, Taylor Wimpey, Bellway and Redrow. With no affordable (social) housing requirements, this site will be able to provide more 2/3 bed private market homes at more affordable prices due to not having to subsidise any social units. It will also have a selling advantage, through buyers not being concerned about the problems associated with some social housing tenants. Lets see if sites like this, can provide solutions to York's housing market that others cannot ? Rocking Horse
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