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What have we lost?
11:36am Tuesday 25th September 2012 in Letters
IT is good news that the Hungate development now has a chance of going ahead, following the extension of planning permission to allow a 2015 start date (The Press, September 21).
Before rejoicing too much, I for one would like more information about what exactly is involved in the relaxation of the previously agreed Section 106 agreements, which has allowed Hungate (York) Regeneration Ltd to turn an estimated loss of £215,000 into a profit of £15 million. That sounds like a very large cost saving.
Does this mean that the quality of the public realm, which was such a feature of the original Hungate plans, will be sacrificed to the developers’ bottom line? And one specific question: has the future maintenance of the Foss Islands nature reserve, which I believe is currently funded by the Hungate management company, been safeguarded in the new financial deal?
Mark Gladwin, Huntington Road, York