Anger over Strensall homes plan

York Press: Anger over Strensall homes plan Anger over Strensall homes plan

MORE than 100 objections have been lodged to controversial plans for a £12.4 million housing development next to a York common.

City of York Council will make a decision on proposals by Linden Homes North for 104 homes on a 4.6-hectare patch of grassland near Brecks Lane, in Strensall, in the new year, but the scheme is facing strong local opposition.

Strensall with Towthorpe Parish Council has claimed the area has “seen too much development since the 1970s”, and residents feel it is now becoming too large and roads and services will be unable to cope with a population increase.

It said proposing to build houses on the site, which is 500 yards away from Strensall Common, is “premature” and brownfield land should be developed first.

Agents acting for Linden Homes have said the development, scheduled to be determined in February, would boost the local economy by about £2 million a year and would also help the city tackle its housing shortage, while about 80 jobs could be created annually during the construction period.

The developers intend to build the homes, if approved, in a single phase with work starting early in 2014 and being completed in summer 2017.

In its objection to the development, the parish council said the number of homes proposed was 22 more than the council’s draft Local Plan allocated for the site, and the housing numbers in Linden Homes’ application should be “reduced accordingly”.

It said: “The proposed site lies at the extreme eastern boundary of the envelope of Strensall village and is as far away from any facilities and amenities as it can be.

“Strensall is referred to as a town by the applicants, but is actually a village without many basic facilities and infrastructure to support its current number of residents.”

Strensall councillor Paul Doughty has also objected, saying the council should not just consider the application itself, but its impact on the entire community, whose population he said was at “capacity breaking point”.

He said: “Further development proposed without significant infrastructure improvements– impractical anyway at this location – will only lead to further gridlock in the main village street.”

The new homes would have between two and five bedrooms and 30 per cent of them would be affordable, with an area of public open space being created and the developers making a financial contribution towards extra local school places.

In an email to planners, Alexandra Walsh, the council’s planning and environmental manager, said the land should be classed as being in the green belt and this meant Linden Homes would have to show “very special circumstances” why it should be developed. Strensall Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Conservation Area.

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10:29am Mon 30 Dec 13

micky moodys hat says...

Can someone please explain what exactly are affordable homes. Ta
Can someone please explain what exactly are affordable homes. Ta micky moodys hat

10:40am Mon 30 Dec 13

yawn.. says...

micky moodys hat wrote:
Can someone please explain what exactly are affordable homes. Ta
I think it probably largely pertains to a property developers ability to by 4 or 5 of them to rent out rather than just 2 Micky..
[quote][p][bold]micky moodys hat[/bold] wrote: Can someone please explain what exactly are affordable homes. Ta[/p][/quote]I think it probably largely pertains to a property developers ability to by 4 or 5 of them to rent out rather than just 2 Micky.. yawn..

11:25am Mon 30 Dec 13

Garrowby Turnoff says...

yawn.. wrote:
micky moodys hat wrote:
Can someone please explain what exactly are affordable homes. Ta
I think it probably largely pertains to a property developers ability to by 4 or 5 of them to rent out rather than just 2 Micky..
They are the small houses that people knock two-into-one a hundred years down the line. In villages all over Yorkshire there are examples of rows of cottages cobbled together to make a decent size property.
[quote][p][bold]yawn..[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]micky moodys hat[/bold] wrote: Can someone please explain what exactly are affordable homes. Ta[/p][/quote]I think it probably largely pertains to a property developers ability to by 4 or 5 of them to rent out rather than just 2 Micky..[/p][/quote]They are the small houses that people knock two-into-one a hundred years down the line. In villages all over Yorkshire there are examples of rows of cottages cobbled together to make a decent size property. Garrowby Turnoff

11:43am Mon 30 Dec 13

beretta says...

The planners should be made to come and see in person what the traffic is like in Strensall village and around the school at peak times, this village can't handle anymore traffic, it's bad now and the Tannery site (50 odd houses) has to come on line in the very near future.
No one in their right mind would swomp this village with more traffic
The planners should be made to come and see in person what the traffic is like in Strensall village and around the school at peak times, this village can't handle anymore traffic, it's bad now and the Tannery site (50 odd houses) has to come on line in the very near future. No one in their right mind would swomp this village with more traffic beretta

2:19pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Tom6187 says...

beretta wrote:
The planners should be made to come and see in person what the traffic is like in Strensall village and around the school at peak times, this village can't handle anymore traffic, it's bad now and the Tannery site (50 odd houses) has to come on line in the very near future.
No one in their right mind would swomp this village with more traffic
Since when have this Council been in their right mind? This lot are in it for themselves, they don't care about any of us.

Seeing how my last comment was removed for being the truth, I'm hoping this one isn't too much for our narcissist leader to take, I've toned it down a bit for you. You'll probably get in touch with the editor complaining about the criticism anyway. If you can't stand it then stop screwing us all over and we'll shut up. You can't treat the world like Twitter where you just block out your opponents. You are a blight on this town and we want you gone, I've never seen anything like it, it's a total embarrassment.
[quote][p][bold]beretta[/bold] wrote: The planners should be made to come and see in person what the traffic is like in Strensall village and around the school at peak times, this village can't handle anymore traffic, it's bad now and the Tannery site (50 odd houses) has to come on line in the very near future. No one in their right mind would swomp this village with more traffic[/p][/quote]Since when have this Council been in their right mind? This lot are in it for themselves, they don't care about any of us. Seeing how my last comment was removed for being the truth, I'm hoping this one isn't too much for our narcissist leader to take, I've toned it down a bit for you. You'll probably get in touch with the editor complaining about the criticism anyway. If you can't stand it then stop screwing us all over and we'll shut up. You can't treat the world like Twitter where you just block out your opponents. You are a blight on this town and we want you gone, I've never seen anything like it, it's a total embarrassment. Tom6187

2:31pm Mon 30 Dec 13

its-only-my-opinion says...

Linden Homes quote that this development "would boost the LOCAL economy by about £2 million a year"

As far as I am concerned, as these houses are being built in Strensall, local means Strensall, and by my calculations this means that every one of the proposed 104 households would need to spend £19230 per year in Strensall... I DON'T THINK SO!!!

Where on earth do they get their figures from???
Linden Homes quote that this development "would boost the LOCAL economy by about £2 million a year" As far as I am concerned, as these houses are being built in Strensall, local means Strensall, and by my calculations this means that every one of the proposed 104 households would need to spend £19230 per year in Strensall... I DON'T THINK SO!!! Where on earth do they get their figures from??? its-only-my-opinion

3:13pm Mon 30 Dec 13

chelk says...

Wait till the Moron who fiddles the scores in favour of the Council sees the comments they will become minus scores very quickly whoever they are they are a very Sad person. The Muppet Show will continue
Wait till the Moron who fiddles the scores in favour of the Council sees the comments they will become minus scores very quickly whoever they are they are a very Sad person. The Muppet Show will continue chelk

4:24pm Mon 30 Dec 13

its-only-my-opinion says...

Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
yawn.. wrote:
micky moodys hat wrote:
Can someone please explain what exactly are affordable homes. Ta
I think it probably largely pertains to a property developers ability to by 4 or 5 of them to rent out rather than just 2 Micky..
They are the small houses that people knock two-into-one a hundred years down the line. In villages all over Yorkshire there are examples of rows of cottages cobbled together to make a decent size property.
Do you seriously expect these houses to last for 100 years??? They will have long since sunk into the swamp that this field becomes each winter!!!
[quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yawn..[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]micky moodys hat[/bold] wrote: Can someone please explain what exactly are affordable homes. Ta[/p][/quote]I think it probably largely pertains to a property developers ability to by 4 or 5 of them to rent out rather than just 2 Micky..[/p][/quote]They are the small houses that people knock two-into-one a hundred years down the line. In villages all over Yorkshire there are examples of rows of cottages cobbled together to make a decent size property.[/p][/quote]Do you seriously expect these houses to last for 100 years??? They will have long since sunk into the swamp that this field becomes each winter!!! its-only-my-opinion

4:56pm Mon 30 Dec 13

ReginaldBiscuit says...

In 2002, I bought my house in Strensall for £76,000. By the time I sold it 5 years later, it went for £165,000 thus demonstrating the utter nonsense of the housing market. I made money out of the house, that much I cannot deny.

The whole housing market is still a mess and people should not be encouraged to get into huge debt to pay for somewhere to live. The market is too free and open and Banks, Developers and those nasty horrible people, Estate Agents, all need regulating. The government obsession with growth needs to stop as well but that's a different story.
In 2002, I bought my house in Strensall for £76,000. By the time I sold it 5 years later, it went for £165,000 thus demonstrating the utter nonsense of the housing market. I made money out of the house, that much I cannot deny. The whole housing market is still a mess and people should not be encouraged to get into huge debt to pay for somewhere to live. The market is too free and open and Banks, Developers and those nasty horrible people, Estate Agents, all need regulating. The government obsession with growth needs to stop as well but that's a different story. ReginaldBiscuit

6:09pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Alf Garnett says...

Yup, we all complain about house prices, largely attributable to a housing shortage and the cry goes up that more houses need to be built each year but whenever a housing scheme is proposed then it's in the wrong place and/or has the wrong sort of houses at the wrong price. I wonder where people who object to this scheme would like to see new houses built round York. Perhaps we feel that York is big enough already, like everywhere else in the country. Unfortunately, even taking net immigration out of the equation, the birth rate is now such that there is going to be an ever increasing demand. So, like renewable energy sources, digesters and transport infrastructure we are still faced with the question "Where ?"
Yup, we all complain about house prices, largely attributable to a housing shortage and the cry goes up that more houses need to be built each year but whenever a housing scheme is proposed then it's in the wrong place and/or has the wrong sort of houses at the wrong price. I wonder where people who object to this scheme would like to see new houses built round York. Perhaps we feel that York is big enough already, like everywhere else in the country. Unfortunately, even taking net immigration out of the equation, the birth rate is now such that there is going to be an ever increasing demand. So, like renewable energy sources, digesters and transport infrastructure we are still faced with the question "Where ?" Alf Garnett

6:22pm Mon 30 Dec 13

pedalling paul says...

Someone start World War 3.....that should reduce the planet's population to a manageable size again.
Someone start World War 3.....that should reduce the planet's population to a manageable size again. pedalling paul

7:17pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Mulgrave says...

As an ex resident I can say that everyone now uses the too much traffic argument to oppose development and it rarely stands up to scrutiny - it does here, and it affects everyone along the number 5 bus route when there is an almighty snarl up in the village centre. I welcomed the move from Ryedale to York Council control back in 1996, but with hindsight this was a mistake, the focus of CoYC is the city proper and tourism and grand legacy projects, whilst villages like Strensall gain little from this but are useful to fill housing quotas. The quoted figures for the boost to the economy are York's economy, not the village itself.
As an ex resident I can say that everyone now uses the too much traffic argument to oppose development and it rarely stands up to scrutiny - it does here, and it affects everyone along the number 5 bus route when there is an almighty snarl up in the village centre. I welcomed the move from Ryedale to York Council control back in 1996, but with hindsight this was a mistake, the focus of CoYC is the city proper and tourism and grand legacy projects, whilst villages like Strensall gain little from this but are useful to fill housing quotas. The quoted figures for the boost to the economy are York's economy, not the village itself. Mulgrave

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