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Barbican apartments plan to go on display
NEW plans for hundreds of apartments near York’s Barbican centre will go on show this week.
Persimmon Homes is to unveil fresh proposals for the scheme, which would be built on a patch of land in Paragon Street and also stand next to a new 165-bedroom hotel, at a public exhibition.
Persimmon’s bid for 240 new homes on the site has already been granted by City of York Council, but the land has remained derelict for many years and a new planning application is now expected to be submitted to the authority as fewer apartments will be included and changes to the design have since been made.
A previous scheme put forward by Persimmon for 160 apartments alongside a Golden Tulip hotel was shelved in 2010 when the housing market crashed, leading to the firm going back to the drawing board.
The public consultation event will be held on Thursday at the Melbourne Centre in Escrick Street, between 2pm and 8pm.
Persimmon said it wanted to give residents an opportunity to view and comment on the new proposals for the site.
In 2011, commercial property firm Broadhall secured planning permission from the council for a Hilton Garden Inn hotel next to the portion of land which Persimmon owns, which will be built where the Barbican swimming pool once stood.
The six-storey building will include a restaurant, bar, meeting and functions rooms, a business centre and health and fitness facilities.
Andrew Bowes, Persimmon Homes Yorkshire’s managing director, said: “The Barbican site currently has planning permission for a 240-unit residential apartment scheme.
“The consultation event will display proposed changes to the development, including a reduction in apartments.
“The consultation event is an opportunity for residents to review the proposals and provide comments prior to the submission of a planning application.
“All comments are welcome and our design team will be on hand to assist with any queries.”
Persimmon has previously said it wants to create “high-quality and affordable homes” through the Paragon Street development.