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Parish council backs tannery homes project in Strensall
9:28am Tuesday 19th March 2013 in News
A YORK parish council has said it supports plans to turn a derelict former tannery site into 53 new homes after a council report said it opposed the scheme.
Proposals by David Wilson Homes to demolish a three-storey building on land at Sheriff Hutton Road, in Strensall, and replace it with two, three, four and five-bedroom houses will be discussed by City of York Council’s planning committee this week. Planning officers say they should be allowed to approve the £5.24 million scheme once certain details are addressed.
A report on the plans which will go before the committee said Strensall with Towthorpe Parish Council had objected to the application, listing concerns over a new footbridge which would form part of the development, public “amenity space” and a lack of play equipment. However, the parish council has told The Press it supports the development.
In an email, parish clerk Susan Nunn said: “The development is welcomed by the council as an opportunity to improve an eyesore site at the northern approach of the village.
“The council did raise a number of objections on points of detail, some of which have been taken up by the developers, but overall the council welcomes the scheme not only for the improvement it will make to the environment, but also for the extra homes and employment it will create.”
The tannery site has become a target for arsonists and vandals in recent years.