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New homes bid at former Tannery site in Strensall
The site of a former tannery, which has been hit by arson attacks and vandalism, could be turned into 53 new homes if the plans are approved.
David Wilson Homes wants to demolish the three-storey building on the Sheriff Hutton Road site, in Strensall, and replace it with two, three, four and five-bedroomed houses, saying the £5.24 million scheme will help to meet local housing needs.
The developers’ application, which also includes public open space, will be debated by City of York Council’s planning committee next Thursday.
However, it is facing opposition from Strensall Parish Council and a local ramblers’ group over concerns about a new footbridge for pedestrians and cyclists over the River Foss which is part of the scheme. The location of the bridge has been altered by the applicants since the original plans were submitted.
Planning officers have recommended they should be allowed to approve the scheme once certain issues are addressed.
The site’s previous owners were granted permission for a business park in 2004, but the development did not happen, and David Wilson Homes has said the work would create 43 construction jobs and bring £865,000 a year into the local economy.
Local residents have previously called for the former tannery to be redeveloped after five arson attacks between 2005 and 2008 and a spate of anti-social behaviour.
However, when the new plans were revealed, the parish council said it did not believe the footbridge was in a suitable location and East Yorkshire and Derwent Area Ramblers has also aired concerns about the bridge.
The River Foss Society said the bridge might affect the setting of the nearby listed John Carr Bridge which is the jewel in Strensall’s crown.
A report by council planner Victoria Bell said: “The principle of the bridge and proposed location are considered to be acceptable, and the access it provides to shops and other village facilities makes the site a sustainable location for development.
“Without the bridge, the site would not be considered sustainable as pedestrian access is not safe over the current bridge. It is considered that redevelopment of derelict land for residential use outweighs the negative impact to the setting.”