Green light for Rougier Street office block conversion

York Press: Roman House in Rougier Street Roman House in Rougier Street

A CITY-CENTRE office block in York is to be turned into apartments.

York-based property and investment company the Skelwith Group has been given the green light to press ahead with plans to convert Roman House in Rougier Street into 46 flats after no objections were raised to its planning application to City of York Council.

Insurance giant Aviva vacated the offices, above bus stops and a newsagent, in September 2010, since when it has been empty.

Skelwith Group’s proposals include extra car parking on the ground floor, with the firm using “permitted development rights” introduced by the Government with the intention of speeding up residential schemes.

The group hopes to start work on the 35,000sq ft site early next year, and has said it will “revitalise” the building and its facade.

It bought the block after it was originally made available to sub-let but there was little interest in it being used for office space. Funding for the scheme is being provided by Grosvenor Financial Consultants, which also backed Skelwith Group’s project at Raithwaite Hall, a hotel near Whitby.

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10:30am Mon 9 Dec 13

Exiled1 says...

That doesnt look like Roman House.
That doesnt look like Roman House. Exiled1

11:26am Mon 9 Dec 13

sheps lad says...

Doesn't look like anywhere in York?
Doesn't look like anywhere in York? sheps lad

11:57am Mon 9 Dec 13

Exiled1 says...

Correct pic there now.
Correct pic there now. Exiled1

12:16pm Mon 9 Dec 13

GixerGaz says...

Couldnt think of a worse plase to live! The nose will be horrendous from all the pubs and clubs in that area! No thanks!
Couldnt think of a worse plase to live! The nose will be horrendous from all the pubs and clubs in that area! No thanks! GixerGaz

12:18pm Mon 9 Dec 13

GixerGaz says...

GixerGaz wrote:
Couldnt think of a worse plase to live! The nose will be horrendous from all the pubs and clubs in that area! No thanks!
or even place and noise! ha!
[quote][p][bold]GixerGaz[/bold] wrote: Couldnt think of a worse plase to live! The nose will be horrendous from all the pubs and clubs in that area! No thanks![/p][/quote]or even place and noise! ha! GixerGaz

2:01pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Dave Ruddock says...

and no parking, night life in 2 directions, bus fumes, a public toilet, Oh and one last thing where would the construction vehilce's be, as with the restrictions on lendal mean Rougier street is already heavly used ..
and no parking, night life in 2 directions, bus fumes, a public toilet, Oh and one last thing where would the construction vehilce's be, as with the restrictions on lendal mean Rougier street is already heavly used .. Dave Ruddock

4:53pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Mr. Marcus says...

York council planners strike again! This monstrosity is-well, a monster, unfit for humans.
York council planners strike again! This monstrosity is-well, a monster, unfit for humans. Mr. Marcus

5:34pm Mon 9 Dec 13

JHardacre says...

GixerGaz wrote:
Couldnt think of a worse plase to live! The nose will be horrendous from all the pubs and clubs in that area! No thanks!
Unless you want to live near pubs and clubs, in which case it would be a great place to live. Right next to several bus stops too. For some people life couldn't get any better.
[quote][p][bold]GixerGaz[/bold] wrote: Couldnt think of a worse plase to live! The nose will be horrendous from all the pubs and clubs in that area! No thanks![/p][/quote]Unless you want to live near pubs and clubs, in which case it would be a great place to live. Right next to several bus stops too. For some people life couldn't get any better. JHardacre

6:54pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Alf Garnett says...

Much better to leave it empty. Possibly.
Much better to leave it empty. Possibly. Alf Garnett

6:56pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Alf Garnett says...

That wouldn't be the Cedar Court Grand behind would it ? With English Heritage just across the road ? Yeuch ! How undesirable.
That wouldn't be the Cedar Court Grand behind would it ? With English Heritage just across the road ? Yeuch ! How undesirable. Alf Garnett

7:27pm Mon 9 Dec 13

yawn.. says...

..a very VERY lively place to be of a Friday and Saturday night. The flat owners could wile away the hours playing 'how many times will we see a blue light tonight', and other well known family favourites.

I once saw a woman urinating in the street there amid the vomit and fast food wrappers... she must have been a bit posh mindst.. she was using one of the bins before Labour got rid of them all..

Good luck offloading them to some suckers.!
..a very VERY lively place to be of a Friday and Saturday night. The flat owners could wile away the hours playing 'how many times will we see a blue light tonight', and other well known family favourites. I once saw a woman urinating in the street there amid the vomit and fast food wrappers... she must have been a bit posh mindst.. she was using one of the bins before Labour got rid of them all.. Good luck offloading them to some suckers.! yawn..

10:34pm Mon 9 Dec 13

inthesticks says...

Note to Skelwith Group and Grosvenor Financial Consultants - you didn`t send someone down to have a scout round on a weekend night did you? The only people who would be able to put up with this spot are students. Apartments here will remain unsold; you have been warned.
Note to Skelwith Group and Grosvenor Financial Consultants - you didn`t send someone down to have a scout round on a weekend night did you? The only people who would be able to put up with this spot are students. Apartments here will remain unsold; you have been warned. inthesticks

4:09am Tue 10 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

Am I the only person here thinking this would be PRIME student accommodation? the University of York is currently overcapacity on student residences, which is why bus routes 4 and 6 were extended to Heslington East (so students living in letted houses in Acomb and Tang Hall could get to uni)... yet Roman House is empty.

Forget overpriced apartments with very little parking space, with only a view of people vomiting and the sound of police sirens and loud music... make it into student accommodation:- they'd only need parking space for a bicycle, the pubs and clubs are only a hop, skip and a jump away (or should that be a stumble, stagger and a fall away!) and the stop for the Unibus 44 is right opposite Roman House... considering the uni made a deal with Transdev to create a dedicated bus route (sb.1) to serve the big student accommodation block on Hull Road (the boulevard), converting Roman House for student accommodation would be a smart move.
Am I the only person here thinking this would be PRIME student accommodation? the University of York is currently overcapacity on student residences, which is why bus routes 4 and 6 were extended to Heslington East (so students living in letted houses in Acomb and Tang Hall could get to uni)... yet Roman House is empty. Forget overpriced apartments with very little parking space, with only a view of people vomiting and the sound of police sirens and loud music... make it into student accommodation:- they'd only need parking space for a bicycle, the pubs and clubs are only a hop, skip and a jump away (or should that be a stumble, stagger and a fall away!) and the stop for the Unibus 44 is right opposite Roman House... considering the uni made a deal with Transdev to create a dedicated bus route (sb.1) to serve the big student accommodation block on Hull Road (the boulevard), converting Roman House for student accommodation would be a smart move. Magicman!

11:45am Tue 10 Dec 13

Pinza-C55 says...

I think this may actually be a good thing. If it is filled with residents who will probably being paying a good bit to live there, they will end up complaining about the disturbances on the weekend and the ghastly state of the bus shelter. Maybe something will get done.
I'm not clear what "extra parking on the ground floor" means? Do they intend to turn it into a car park?
I think this may actually be a good thing. If it is filled with residents who will probably being paying a good bit to live there, they will end up complaining about the disturbances on the weekend and the ghastly state of the bus shelter. Maybe something will get done. I'm not clear what "extra parking on the ground floor" means? Do they intend to turn it into a car park? Pinza-C55

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