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Planners urge approval for student flats on Press site in Walmgate
COUNCILLORS are being urged to approve plans to build more than 350 student flats and apartments on the site of The Press offices in Walmgate.
The scheme by York-based S Harrison Developments Ltd would create 648 student rooms and management facilities, with newspaper staff moving into the adjacent Poads building following a refurbishment.
Planning officials at City of York Council say the development would regenerate the area and add to its vitality and viability.
But a report to next week’s planning committee says 16 objections have been received by the council.
Objectors claim an excessive concentration of students within the locality would have a fundamental impact on the character of the area, which was already over represented with students.
They also argue there should be a mix of house types and tenure in such a large development and say the development is too large, and would block views of Navigation Wharf, a local landmark.
The River Foss Society has also objected and English Heritage initially raised concerns that the building would be too high but later said it was content with a revised scheme which reduced buildings in height.
Officers said the development would be sustainable and have no undue impact on the amenity of neighbours or the historic setting and recommend approval, subject to a contribution towards amenity open space and implementing traffic regulation orders on local roads, should they prove necessary.
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