Builders say sorry after breaching recently relaxed planning permission

York Press: Jubilee Pond at the Derwenthorpe development Jubilee Pond at the Derwenthorpe development

BUILDERS have apologised after major earthmoving works were carried out on York’s Derwenthorpe site in breach of planning permission.

David Wilson Yorkshire East admitted the breach after Osbaldwick councillor Mark Warters claimed local residents had been disturbed by the use of heavy machinery and noisy ground work at the site of the 540-home development last Sunday.

Coun Warters said in a letter City of York Council: “I do not see why residents should face this situation on a Sunday and, while it appears to me that neither the developer or the council planning department give a damn, I do, and I will seek to take this matter up with the Secretary of State.”

The problems arose only weeks after the council relaxed planning conditions to allow weekend working, with the proviso that it related to “internal works” only.

Coun Warters criticised the decision at the time, saying it breached conditions laid down when planning permission was granted, which prohibited work after 1pm on Saturday and at any time on Sunday.

Planning consultant Jennifer Hubbard, writing to the council on behalf of the builders, said then that all work would be internal and any plant movement would be carried out within permitted operating hours.

She said there was a “considerable imperative” to complete phase one of the development by Christmas, not only for David Wilson Homes but also the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT), the organisation behind Derwenthorpe, in relation to public funding.

Coun Warters said yesterday he had suspected the works would not be restricted to internal or minor decorating works.

A spokesman for the housing trust, said: “JRHT has not received any complaints to date, but will address the issues raised with the contractor, to ensure they are compliant with the planning requirements.”

A council spokeswoman said the claims by Coun Warters would be investigated.

David Wilson Yorkshire East said residents’ enjoyment of their surroundings was paramount, and the builders’ aim was always to minimise any disruption when completing its developments.

“We apologise that work has been undertaken on this occasion outside of our usual working hours and we are working closely with our on-site team to ensure we minimise any further disruptions whist we complete Phase One at Derwenthorpe.”

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9:15am Thu 13 Dec 12

capt spaulding says...

Well done Coun Wharters, doing what he should for the people of his ward.
Bringing these builders to book for a blatant contravention of permissions.

Doing what all councilors should be doing and not involving themselves in matters of no concern to the citizens of York. eg emerging economies in the Far East ,The Phillipines, Vietnam andThailand.

What York needs are more independant councilors and annual elections.
Well done Coun Wharters, doing what he should for the people of his ward. Bringing these builders to book for a blatant contravention of permissions. Doing what all councilors should be doing and not involving themselves in matters of no concern to the citizens of York. eg emerging economies in the Far East ,The Phillipines, Vietnam andThailand. What York needs are more independant councilors and annual elections. capt spaulding

9:47am Thu 13 Dec 12

Scarlet Pimpernel says...

Coun Warters sets a good example by looking after the interests of those who elected him.

It is important that these infringements are deterred, as at the current rate of build/sales, Derwenthorpe will take between 15-18 years to complete, and that's a long time if residents are to suffer noisy building work at weekends.
Coun Warters sets a good example by looking after the interests of those who elected him. It is important that these infringements are deterred, as at the current rate of build/sales, Derwenthorpe will take between 15-18 years to complete, and that's a long time if residents are to suffer noisy building work at weekends. Scarlet Pimpernel

10:13am Thu 13 Dec 12

meme says...

CoYC hardly even enforce planning restrictions...even when told foramlly
They are all huff and bluster with no teeth
CoYC hardly even enforce planning restrictions...even when told foramlly They are all huff and bluster with no teeth meme

10:47am Thu 13 Dec 12

roskoboskovic says...

can we have some proper councillors in the fishergate/fulford rd area please because all we ve got are tree hugging cycle nazis only interested in having a cycle lane from the university to alligator foods.
can we have some proper councillors in the fishergate/fulford rd area please because all we ve got are tree hugging cycle nazis only interested in having a cycle lane from the university to alligator foods. roskoboskovic

2:24pm Thu 13 Dec 12

capt spaulding says...

roskoboskovic wrote:
can we have some proper councillors in the fishergate/fulford rd area please because all we ve got are tree hugging cycle nazis only interested in having a cycle lane from the university to alligator foods.
A terrible comment sir maligning nazis in this way.
[quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: can we have some proper councillors in the fishergate/fulford rd area please because all we ve got are tree hugging cycle nazis only interested in having a cycle lane from the university to alligator foods.[/p][/quote]A terrible comment sir maligning nazis in this way. capt spaulding

5:34pm Thu 13 Dec 12

bob the builder says...

Let's see JoRo and their contractors fined accordingly please for this and all the other breaches that have been reported. They are the Starbucks of Yorkshire.
Let's see JoRo and their contractors fined accordingly please for this and all the other breaches that have been reported. They are the Starbucks of Yorkshire. bob the builder

3:07am Fri 14 Dec 12

Magicman! says...

capt spaulding wrote:
roskoboskovic wrote:
can we have some proper councillors in the fishergate/fulford rd area please because all we ve got are tree hugging cycle nazis only interested in having a cycle lane from the university to alligator foods.
A terrible comment sir maligning nazis in this way.
FGS, both comments are terrible. Please at least try and stay somewhere vaguely related to the topic of the article!
[quote][p][bold]capt spaulding[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: can we have some proper councillors in the fishergate/fulford rd area please because all we ve got are tree hugging cycle nazis only interested in having a cycle lane from the university to alligator foods.[/p][/quote]A terrible comment sir maligning nazis in this way.[/p][/quote]FGS, both comments are terrible. Please at least try and stay somewhere vaguely related to the topic of the article! Magicman!

11:20am Mon 17 Dec 12

Rich Picking says...

Oh come on !! a little bit of noise on a Sunday!!!.........I wonder how many of the complainers visit the local DIY store on a Sunday and disturb the houses either on Hull road or on the estate at the back of the store, How many will visit the local Sainsbury store to obtain the last minute groceries without a care for those living in the area when they slam their car doors and shout at there screaming kids!! All this noise because the buliders are attempting to finish the houses in time for Christmas that hard working people have bought and whether you like it or not folks people will buy them and become part of the community. I am afraid that not working on a Sunday is no longer possible for many people as the general public (including the Osbaldwick residents) insist on shopping and expecting services to run and be maintained on a Sunday!!!
There is far worse going on in the world so why not utilise all your spare time addressing the major issues.

Merry Christmas
Oh come on !! a little bit of noise on a Sunday!!!.........I wonder how many of the complainers visit the local DIY store on a Sunday and disturb the houses either on Hull road or on the estate at the back of the store, How many will visit the local Sainsbury store to obtain the last minute groceries without a care for those living in the area when they slam their car doors and shout at there screaming kids!! All this noise because the buliders are attempting to finish the houses in time for Christmas that hard working people have bought and whether you like it or not folks people will buy them and become part of the community. I am afraid that not working on a Sunday is no longer possible for many people as the general public (including the Osbaldwick residents) insist on shopping and expecting services to run and be maintained on a Sunday!!! There is far worse going on in the world so why not utilise all your spare time addressing the major issues. Merry Christmas Rich Picking

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