Sainsbury’s signs bid for White Swan Hotel development is turned down

York Press: The 100-year-old White Swan Hotel in Piccadilly, which is being redeveloped The 100-year-old White Swan Hotel in Piccadilly, which is being redeveloped

A SUPERMARKET chain’s bid to put up signs at a new store which will be part of the redevelopment of York’s White Swan Hotel has been turned down.

City of York Council planners said Sainsbury’s signage scheme for the facade of the Piccadilly site would be too large and “unduly dominant”, and would damage the appearance of the building, which is within a conservation area.

The mock-Tudor style former hotel dates from 1912 but its upper floors had been empty for decades before the council approved proposals to turn them into flats last year. The ground floor will be used for retail, with Sainsbury’s saying its store will create the equivalent of 20 full-time jobs.

Refusing permission for the signs, planning officer Jonathan Kenyon said in a report that they would be “over-assertive and uncompromising, in conflict with the age and architectural style of the building”.

Sainsbury’s has secured permission for automatic sliding doors and a cash machine at the front of the premises and is expected to come back with a fresh application for signs.

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9:32am Fri 10 Jan 14

meme says...

The mind boggles. This building has rotted for 25 years plus yet our esteemed planners cause delays and issues over some signage which by its very nature is temporary
where is common sense?
The mind boggles. This building has rotted for 25 years plus yet our esteemed planners cause delays and issues over some signage which by its very nature is temporary where is common sense? meme

9:44am Fri 10 Jan 14

yorkandproud says...

25 years. And the rest !
25 years. And the rest ! yorkandproud

11:27am Fri 10 Jan 14

TCJYork says...

It does irk me how big chain businesses get away unquestioned as to the number of jobs they're 'creating'.

I'd like to see reporters ask 'And how many jobs do you expect your new store will destroy in existing businesses?'
It does irk me how big chain businesses get away unquestioned as to the number of jobs they're 'creating'. I'd like to see reporters ask 'And how many jobs do you expect your new store will destroy in existing businesses?' TCJYork

12:00pm Fri 10 Jan 14

oi oi savaloy says...

TCJYork wrote:
It does irk me how big chain businesses get away unquestioned as to the number of jobs they're 'creating'.

I'd like to see reporters ask 'And how many jobs do you expect your new store will destroy in existing businesses?'
spot on!
how many small local family business's have shut down in york due to the rise of the sainsbury local, tesco express, etc etc? too many, i have now been forced to use a sainsbury due to all the independent shops shutting on my route to and from work.
[quote][p][bold]TCJYork[/bold] wrote: It does irk me how big chain businesses get away unquestioned as to the number of jobs they're 'creating'. I'd like to see reporters ask 'And how many jobs do you expect your new store will destroy in existing businesses?'[/p][/quote]spot on! how many small local family business's have shut down in york due to the rise of the sainsbury local, tesco express, etc etc? too many, i have now been forced to use a sainsbury due to all the independent shops shutting on my route to and from work. oi oi savaloy

1:39pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Pinza-C55 says...

TCJYork wrote:
It does irk me how big chain businesses get away unquestioned as to the number of jobs they're 'creating'.

I'd like to see reporters ask 'And how many jobs do you expect your new store will destroy in existing businesses?'
"The ground floor will be used for retail, with Sainsbury’s saying its store will create the equivalent of 20 full-time jobs"
"The equivalent of" = 40 part time jobs.
[quote][p][bold]TCJYork[/bold] wrote: It does irk me how big chain businesses get away unquestioned as to the number of jobs they're 'creating'. I'd like to see reporters ask 'And how many jobs do you expect your new store will destroy in existing businesses?'[/p][/quote]"The ground floor will be used for retail, with Sainsbury’s saying its store will create the equivalent of 20 full-time jobs" "The equivalent of" = 40 part time jobs. Pinza-C55

8:29pm Fri 10 Jan 14

long distance depressive says...

Planning get it right...shock horror!
Planning get it right...shock horror! long distance depressive

4:36am Mon 13 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

I still can't get over the fact there's actually people going in and out of that place with building materials!!
I still can't get over the fact there's actually people going in and out of that place with building materials!! Magicman!

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