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Fresh plans for York flats scheme
FRESH plans showing how an empty patch of land in the centre of York could be transformed into new apartments have gone on display to residents.
Persimmon Homes Yorkshire secured planning approval for 240 flats on the corner of Paragon Street and Barbican Road in 2004, but took another look at the development when the credit crunch struck.
The York-based company has now drawn up a revised scheme for 180 apartments, as well as areas of open space.
The draft proposals were unveiled yesterday at a public exhibition at the Melbourne Centre in Escrick Street, with people living nearby invited to air their views.
Persimmon hopes to submit a full planning application to City of York Council in the next few months. If permission is granted, work could start within the next year.
The homes would be built next to a 165-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn hotel, plans for which were approved in 2011 in a separate scheme, and would stand between the apartments and the Barbican centre.
“The reduction in the number of apartments, from 240 to 180, is because the scheme no longer has undercroft parking – which was extremely expensive – and parking spaces will now be above ground, and because the properties are now one and two-bedroom rather than studio flats,” said Persimmon development planner Robin McGinn.
“The site has been vacant for some time, but we feel we are now in a position to take it forward and we want to assess public opinion on what we are now planning.
“We like to think people want to see something done with the site and we hope our plans will be well-received.
“The Barbican centre has reopened and there is planning approval for a hotel next to our site, so there is renewed interest in the area and that supports what we are doing.”
Persimmon said the size and height of the apartment complex is the same as the scheme which was previously granted planning permission, and the public’s views will be considered before a full application is submitted.
A steady stream of residents visited the exhibition throughout the day.
Some cautiously welcomed the change in design because it was not as modern as the original proposal, and others were hopeful that work would finally begin on the site.