Plans for new cycling base for tourists withdrawn

Plans for new cycling base for tourists withdrawn

Plans for new cycling base for tourists withdrawn

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PLANS to create a new cycling base for visitors to York in the build-up to the city welcoming the Tour de France have been withdrawn.

The proposals for a "touring cyclist stop" next to Weir Pond Nurseries in Holtby - which would provide "dedicated accommodation" for cyclists all year round - were submitted to City of York Council earlier this year, with applicants Trevor and Chloe Smith asking for initial permission to operate it for three years and then make it permanent if it proved a success.

However, the application has been withdrawn after the council's flood risk management team said that while the Holtby Lane site was in a "low-risk" flood area, not enough information had been provided to assess the impact of the scheme on drainage networks.

The Environment Agency has also lodged an objection over water pollution issues should the application be submitted again.

In a statement to council planners when the proposals first emerged, planning consultants O'Neill Associates said: "The cycle stop will be an innovative concept, unique in the York area.

"It will provide basic, comfortable and affordable overnight and short-stay accommodation tailored to the needs of cyclists and marketed solely to cyclists. The proposals are designed to specifically meet the demand from cyclists requiring overnight stays when travelling the Way of the Roses coast-to-coast route and from cyclists seeking accommodation close to local cycle routes and country lanes."

O'Neill Associates said Sustrans, British Cycling and Welcome to Yorkshire had supported the plans, and the stop would have 12 "camping pods" and an amenity block.

The firm said one manager's position and two part-time jobs would be created and more roles could follow in the future, saying: "The proposals are consistent with the agenda to promote York as a cycling city and build a legacy from the Tour de France Grand Depart, helping to position the area as an inspiring destination for cycling,"

In a letter backing the plans, York Outer MP Julian Sturdy said the scheme could "contribute significantly to the local economy" and add to its tourism sector. Other supporters said they believed the cycle stop should be marketed and made available to residents as well as visitors.

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9:34am Mon 31 Mar 14

pedalling paul says...

Fingers crossed that the applicants and their consultant can rework the Application so that these vital considerations are mitigated. Long distance cycle routes have a habit of bringing lots of visitor spend to an area. That's because touring cyclists are limited in what they can carry, and will spend as they go rather more frequently than visitors travelling by coach/car.
Fingers crossed that the applicants and their consultant can rework the Application so that these vital considerations are mitigated. Long distance cycle routes have a habit of bringing lots of visitor spend to an area. That's because touring cyclists are limited in what they can carry, and will spend as they go rather more frequently than visitors travelling by coach/car. pedalling paul
  • Score: 37

9:45am Mon 31 Mar 14

Yorkshine1 says...

meanwhile the speefreak lycra brigade continue to give commuter cyclists a bad name by lumping us all into the same over-funded boat. NO MORE white lines and half-arsed provision. Build it properly or don't build it at all.
meanwhile the speefreak lycra brigade continue to give commuter cyclists a bad name by lumping us all into the same over-funded boat. NO MORE white lines and half-arsed provision. Build it properly or don't build it at all. Yorkshine1
  • Score: -34

10:26am Mon 31 Mar 14

smudge2 says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Fingers crossed that the applicants and their consultant can rework the Application so that these vital considerations are mitigated. Long distance cycle routes have a habit of bringing lots of visitor spend to an area. That's because touring cyclists are limited in what they can carry, and will spend as they go rather more frequently than visitors travelling by coach/car.
What about turning your abode into a cycling B & B with Mrs pedalling Paul cooking a good fry up in the morning and you can serve the food in your Lycra shorts ??
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Fingers crossed that the applicants and their consultant can rework the Application so that these vital considerations are mitigated. Long distance cycle routes have a habit of bringing lots of visitor spend to an area. That's because touring cyclists are limited in what they can carry, and will spend as they go rather more frequently than visitors travelling by coach/car.[/p][/quote]What about turning your abode into a cycling B & B with Mrs pedalling Paul cooking a good fry up in the morning and you can serve the food in your Lycra shorts ?? smudge2
  • Score: -36

10:35am Mon 31 Mar 14

roskoboskovic says...

brilliant,lets hope its only the first of many pro cycling applications that are turned downed.perhaps if they weren t so cossetted and pampered these idiots would actually learn the rules of the road.FTTDF ,i say.
brilliant,lets hope its only the first of many pro cycling applications that are turned downed.perhaps if they weren t so cossetted and pampered these idiots would actually learn the rules of the road.FTTDF ,i say. roskoboskovic
  • Score: -42

11:52am Mon 31 Mar 14

YorkCityLuke says...

roskoboskovic wrote:
brilliant,lets hope its only the first of many pro cycling applications that are turned downed.perhaps if they weren t so cossetted and pampered these idiots would actually learn the rules of the road.FTTDF ,i say.
Yes heaven forbid provisions should be made for people who want to keep fit and reduce pollution/ congestion. That would be terrible.
[quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: brilliant,lets hope its only the first of many pro cycling applications that are turned downed.perhaps if they weren t so cossetted and pampered these idiots would actually learn the rules of the road.FTTDF ,i say.[/p][/quote]Yes heaven forbid provisions should be made for people who want to keep fit and reduce pollution/ congestion. That would be terrible. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 50

3:29pm Mon 31 Mar 14

yorkshirelad says...

This is actually a story about technical planning issues. It demeans York to leave up embittered comments aimed with prejudice at certain groups.
This is actually a story about technical planning issues. It demeans York to leave up embittered comments aimed with prejudice at certain groups. yorkshirelad
  • Score: 51

4:36pm Mon 31 Mar 14

york_chap says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Fingers crossed that the applicants and their consultant can rework the Application so that these vital considerations are mitigated. Long distance cycle routes have a habit of bringing lots of visitor spend to an area. That's because touring cyclists are limited in what they can carry, and will spend as they go rather more frequently than visitors travelling by coach/car.
Don't normally agree with PP, but to be fair local sales of vaseline and puncture repair kits would've increased dramatically had this been given the go ahead. Still, less risk of encountering kamikazi cyclists tearing down the middle of narrow country lanes, pretending they're leading the TdF I suppose.
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Fingers crossed that the applicants and their consultant can rework the Application so that these vital considerations are mitigated. Long distance cycle routes have a habit of bringing lots of visitor spend to an area. That's because touring cyclists are limited in what they can carry, and will spend as they go rather more frequently than visitors travelling by coach/car.[/p][/quote]Don't normally agree with PP, but to be fair local sales of vaseline and puncture repair kits would've increased dramatically had this been given the go ahead. Still, less risk of encountering kamikazi cyclists tearing down the middle of narrow country lanes, pretending they're leading the TdF I suppose. york_chap
  • Score: 7

7:45pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

FR that's what I say.
FR that's what I say. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 3

12:58pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Teabag1 says...

Get these idiots out of York Council
Get these idiots out of York Council Teabag1
  • Score: 1

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