Bid to alter housing scheme at former Shipton Street School site

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , mark.stead@thepress.co.uk

DEVELOPERS behind the planned transformation of a former York school are looking to lower the number of low-cost homes the scheme will provide.

Excavation work on the playground area of the Shipton Street School site, which has been derelict for more than nine years, began last month and work on the full 37-home project is currently earmarked to start early in the New Year.

Advent Developments, which has drawn up the Shipton Mews project, has reassured residents that the historic former school buildings will not be bulldozed as they are seen as an integral part of the work and have listed status.

The company has also applied to City of York Council for permission to reduce the affordable housing levels on the site from the 12 properties which were originally agreed to nine.

The development, next to York City’s Bootham Crescent ground, has been hampered by delays for several years and has led to the school site being dubbed an eyesore.

The Homes and Communities Agency has agreed to provide funding for the scheme through its Get Britain Building initiative, and Advent spokesman Tim Reeve said the firm was now finalising other funding details ahead of work on the scheme starting.

“The aim of the development is to give the school buildings a new lease of life and they will be converted rather than demolished, with family homes being created where the classrooms once were,” he said.

“The work taking place at the moment concerns excavation, which is a precursor to hopefully starting the conversion and refurbishment of the school buildings in the New Year. We are currently in final negotiations over the funding which is key to delivering the scheme.

“Changing market conditions have prevented us starting work on the site so far, since when there have been adjustments to York’s affordable housing policy. If our application regarding this is approved, 25 per cent of the homes will still be high-quality affordable housing.”

The school site was initially suggested as a potential new base for the Arc Light homeless centre, but this possibility was abandoned following local opposition. The new homes at Shipton Mews are set to be two storeys high and the scheme will include a courtyard, open space and gated access arrangements.

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8:13am Tue 20 Nov 12

notmyrealname says...

spellcheck please ..
spellcheck please .. notmyrealname
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8:19am Tue 20 Nov 12

aa42john says...

Once again, private developers are trying to get the council to subsidise their profit or take over the loss on a capitalist gamble: if it had gone well, would they have shared that with the council? Private profit; public loss. Stand firm, council! (or at least, trade strongly and get a deal which is equally as good as the last one for the public purse).
Once again, private developers are trying to get the council to subsidise their profit or take over the loss on a capitalist gamble: if it had gone well, would they have shared that with the council? Private profit; public loss. Stand firm, council! (or at least, trade strongly and get a deal which is equally as good as the last one for the public purse). aa42john
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10:03am Tue 20 Nov 12

capt spaulding says...

Dont give in to them. Stick to your guns and make the capitalist builders give away the 12 properties they agreed to.
Ignore the bankruptsy looming over them. Thats nothing to do with the council.

Let them learn a lesson and let it stagnate for another 10 years. That will show them whos in charge.

9 families who wont be getting a roof over their heads any time soon and with our council house waiting list probably never.

But we musnt betray our socialist beliefs, so no is the answer to Advent Developments.
Dont give in to them. Stick to your guns and make the capitalist builders give away the 12 properties they agreed to. Ignore the bankruptsy looming over them. Thats nothing to do with the council. Let them learn a lesson and let it stagnate for another 10 years. That will show them whos in charge. 9 families who wont be getting a roof over their heads any time soon and with our council house waiting list probably never. But we musnt betray our socialist beliefs, so no is the answer to Advent Developments. capt spaulding
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10:28am Tue 20 Nov 12

meme says...

Lets stop them changing the rules and insist on the full affordavble quota
Let them go bust and chuck all their staff on the dole with no hope of finding another job. At least they may qualify for one of the homes that will never be built
Who cares about the taxes they pay to support all those in affordable homes so long as we stick by the outdated politically motivated policies of CoYC that cause irreperable damage to yorks economy
Lets stop them changing the rules and insist on the full affordavble quota Let them go bust and chuck all their staff on the dole with no hope of finding another job. At least they may qualify for one of the homes that will never be built Who cares about the taxes they pay to support all those in affordable homes so long as we stick by the outdated politically motivated policies of CoYC that cause irreperable damage to yorks economy meme
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4:47pm Tue 20 Nov 12

E=MC^2 says...

The developers sums on this should be put in the public domain and scrutinised alongside their past profits and current assetts so we know whether 9 or 12 is affordable. And if this shows they can’t deliver the 12 there should be a way to replace them with a firm which can. Which is how the free market thinking which we are told is going to rebuild our way out of the crisis is supposed to work!
The developers sums on this should be put in the public domain and scrutinised alongside their past profits and current assetts so we know whether 9 or 12 is affordable. And if this shows they can’t deliver the 12 there should be a way to replace them with a firm which can. Which is how the free market thinking which we are told is going to rebuild our way out of the crisis is supposed to work! E=MC^2
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