Student flats plan is turned down

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PLANS for dozens of student flats above a row of shops in York have been turned down.

City of York Council’s planning committee rejected proposals by the owners of Matmer House, in Hull Road, to create 16 flats on the first floor of the building and add two extra storeys which would have 31 more flats.

The committee said the development would “harm the character and appearance” of the area through its design and height, and said the plans for the building were “contrived and over-complicated”.

They also said the scheme would appear “oppressive” to residents in nearby Millfield Lane and insufficient information had been provided about parking and rubbish arrangements.

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9:55am Wed 27 Feb 13

BL2 says...

The whole block already "harm's the character" of the area!
The whole block already "harm's the character" of the area! BL2
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10:03am Wed 27 Feb 13

Pastiche530/4 says...

Can't they just convert the upper floor to housing for people that need it, not students. There is far to much student accomodation already in the area
Can't they just convert the upper floor to housing for people that need it, not students. There is far to much student accomodation already in the area Pastiche530/4
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10:51am Wed 27 Feb 13

rattydriver says...

Its about time they saw sense, why cant they build more rooms at Heslington east? Old dairy site isn't even full
Its about time they saw sense, why cant they build more rooms at Heslington east? Old dairy site isn't even full rattydriver
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10:57am Wed 27 Feb 13

capt spaulding says...

The owners are out to make money.
The owners are, well the Shop name should give you a clue.

Altruism in the form of affordable dwellings for rent would be a rare event for them.
The owners are out to make money. The owners are, well the Shop name should give you a clue. Altruism in the form of affordable dwellings for rent would be a rare event for them. capt spaulding
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1:05pm Wed 27 Feb 13

holgatebob says...

I think it's a shame that this has been turned down. Better to concentrate all the students in one already spoilt area than encourage their spread across the city.
I think it's a shame that this has been turned down. Better to concentrate all the students in one already spoilt area than encourage their spread across the city. holgatebob
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1:43pm Wed 27 Feb 13

capt spaulding says...

holgatebob wrote:
I think it's a shame that this has been turned down. Better to concentrate all the students in one already spoilt area than encourage their spread across the city.
Yes we dont want them anywhere near Holgate do we Bob.
[quote][p][bold]holgatebob[/bold] wrote: I think it's a shame that this has been turned down. Better to concentrate all the students in one already spoilt area than encourage their spread across the city.[/p][/quote]Yes we dont want them anywhere near Holgate do we Bob. capt spaulding
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2:40pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Peaches72 says...

The dairy site has hardly let a single flat and they won't/can't offer them to non-student groups for renting. Completely ridiculous to start planning for more flats when they can't give the ones they have away.
The dairy site has hardly let a single flat and they won't/can't offer them to non-student groups for renting. Completely ridiculous to start planning for more flats when they can't give the ones they have away. Peaches72
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4:08pm Wed 27 Feb 13

capt spaulding says...

Peaches72 wrote:
The dairy site has hardly let a single flat and they won't/can't offer them to non-student groups for renting. Completely ridiculous to start planning for more flats when they can't give the ones they have away.
Well ! thats not quite true.

Reason beacause all the students who are doing this years course are already fixed up.

Come september for next years intake it will probably a different story.
However whoever it is it will need a deep pocket or the bank of mum and dad to fund it because they are really expensive.
[quote][p][bold]Peaches72[/bold] wrote: The dairy site has hardly let a single flat and they won't/can't offer them to non-student groups for renting. Completely ridiculous to start planning for more flats when they can't give the ones they have away.[/p][/quote]Well ! thats not quite true. Reason beacause all the students who are doing this years course are already fixed up. Come september for next years intake it will probably a different story. However whoever it is it will need a deep pocket or the bank of mum and dad to fund it because they are really expensive. capt spaulding
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7:17pm Wed 27 Feb 13

neutral observer 2 says...

capt spaulding wrote:
Peaches72 wrote:
The dairy site has hardly let a single flat and they won't/can't offer them to non-student groups for renting. Completely ridiculous to start planning for more flats when they can't give the ones they have away.
Well ! thats not quite true.

Reason beacause all the students who are doing this years course are already fixed up.

Come september for next years intake it will probably a different story.
However whoever it is it will need a deep pocket or the bank of mum and dad to fund it because they are really expensive.
Maybe we should all demand those sat on vast land banks use them or lose them.
[quote][p][bold]capt spaulding[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peaches72[/bold] wrote: The dairy site has hardly let a single flat and they won't/can't offer them to non-student groups for renting. Completely ridiculous to start planning for more flats when they can't give the ones they have away.[/p][/quote]Well ! thats not quite true. Reason beacause all the students who are doing this years course are already fixed up. Come september for next years intake it will probably a different story. However whoever it is it will need a deep pocket or the bank of mum and dad to fund it because they are really expensive.[/p][/quote]Maybe we should all demand those sat on vast land banks use them or lose them. neutral observer 2
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10:30pm Wed 27 Feb 13

capt spaulding says...

neutral observer 2 wrote:
capt spaulding wrote:
Peaches72 wrote:
The dairy site has hardly let a single flat and they won't/can't offer them to non-student groups for renting. Completely ridiculous to start planning for more flats when they can't give the ones they have away.
Well ! thats not quite true.

Reason beacause all the students who are doing this years course are already fixed up.

Come september for next years intake it will probably a different story.
However whoever it is it will need a deep pocket or the bank of mum and dad to fund it because they are really expensive.
Maybe we should all demand those sat on vast land banks use them or lose them.
Well we are not a communist state yet whatever our own politburo headed by our Great Leader James Alexander would like us to believe. So demand away ...........its not going to happen.
[quote][p][bold]neutral observer 2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]capt spaulding[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peaches72[/bold] wrote: The dairy site has hardly let a single flat and they won't/can't offer them to non-student groups for renting. Completely ridiculous to start planning for more flats when they can't give the ones they have away.[/p][/quote]Well ! thats not quite true. Reason beacause all the students who are doing this years course are already fixed up. Come september for next years intake it will probably a different story. However whoever it is it will need a deep pocket or the bank of mum and dad to fund it because they are really expensive.[/p][/quote]Maybe we should all demand those sat on vast land banks use them or lose them.[/p][/quote]Well we are not a communist state yet whatever our own politburo headed by our Great Leader James Alexander would like us to believe. So demand away ...........its not going to happen. capt spaulding
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1:54am Thu 28 Feb 13

Scarlet Pimpernel says...

neutral observer 2 wrote:
capt spaulding wrote:
Peaches72 wrote: The dairy site has hardly let a single flat and they won't/can't offer them to non-student groups for renting. Completely ridiculous to start planning for more flats when they can't give the ones they have away.
Well ! thats not quite true. Reason beacause all the students who are doing this years course are already fixed up. Come september for next years intake it will probably a different story. However whoever it is it will need a deep pocket or the bank of mum and dad to fund it because they are really expensive.
Maybe we should all demand those sat on vast land banks use them or lose them.
Councils have tons of unused land too you know - they should give theirs away to their RSL buddies like JRHT & York Housing Association. They can then get off the backs of private housebuilders.

Get York Building - what a joke !
[quote][p][bold]neutral observer 2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]capt spaulding[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peaches72[/bold] wrote: The dairy site has hardly let a single flat and they won't/can't offer them to non-student groups for renting. Completely ridiculous to start planning for more flats when they can't give the ones they have away.[/p][/quote]Well ! thats not quite true. Reason beacause all the students who are doing this years course are already fixed up. Come september for next years intake it will probably a different story. However whoever it is it will need a deep pocket or the bank of mum and dad to fund it because they are really expensive.[/p][/quote]Maybe we should all demand those sat on vast land banks use them or lose them.[/p][/quote]Councils have tons of unused land too you know - they should give theirs away to their RSL buddies like JRHT & York Housing Association. They can then get off the backs of private housebuilders. Get York Building - what a joke ! Scarlet Pimpernel
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6:42am Thu 28 Feb 13

neutral observer 2 says...

Scarlet Pimpernel wrote:
neutral observer 2 wrote:
capt spaulding wrote:
Peaches72 wrote: The dairy site has hardly let a single flat and they won't/can't offer them to non-student groups for renting. Completely ridiculous to start planning for more flats when they can't give the ones they have away.
Well ! thats not quite true. Reason beacause all the students who are doing this years course are already fixed up. Come september for next years intake it will probably a different story. However whoever it is it will need a deep pocket or the bank of mum and dad to fund it because they are really expensive.
Maybe we should all demand those sat on vast land banks use them or lose them.
Councils have tons of unused land too you know - they should give theirs away to their RSL buddies like JRHT & York Housing Association. They can then get off the backs of private housebuilders.

Get York Building - what a joke !
Really?
Any chance of being more specific?
[quote][p][bold]Scarlet Pimpernel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]neutral observer 2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]capt spaulding[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peaches72[/bold] wrote: The dairy site has hardly let a single flat and they won't/can't offer them to non-student groups for renting. Completely ridiculous to start planning for more flats when they can't give the ones they have away.[/p][/quote]Well ! thats not quite true. Reason beacause all the students who are doing this years course are already fixed up. Come september for next years intake it will probably a different story. However whoever it is it will need a deep pocket or the bank of mum and dad to fund it because they are really expensive.[/p][/quote]Maybe we should all demand those sat on vast land banks use them or lose them.[/p][/quote]Councils have tons of unused land too you know - they should give theirs away to their RSL buddies like JRHT & York Housing Association. They can then get off the backs of private housebuilders. Get York Building - what a joke ![/p][/quote]Really? Any chance of being more specific? neutral observer 2
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9:00am Thu 28 Feb 13

Have to make a comment says...

No problem with them converting to flats above, won't make any difference but I say pull the lot down and start again, its horrid.
No problem with them converting to flats above, won't make any difference but I say pull the lot down and start again, its horrid. Have to make a comment
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