Councillors raise concerns about suggested site for Whinthorpe development

York Press: Cllr Keith Aspden Cllr Keith Aspden

PLANS for a massive new town near York have been criticised by housebuilders and planning experts.

Liberal Democrat councillors say concerns have been raised about the suitability of the suggested site for Whinthorpe, a 5,500-home development proposed under York's draft Local Plan at Holme Hill, alongside the A64 south of Heslington.

They said consultants for the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust had said in consultation papers that they considered the site to be 'wholly inappropriate' for development in landscape and green belt terms, and felt it was impossible to identify a site or area in the countryside surrounding York where development would have a worse impact on the historic city's character or setting.

ID Planning had also said the site was in “an unsustainable location” and could become a commuter town for Leeds, while Henry Boot Developments had said the scheme was "unsustainable/undeliverable."

Lib Dem group leader Cllr Keith Aspden said it was clear that even housebuilders did not believe Whinthorpe was a sensible location in which to build 5,500 houses but, instead of listening to such views, Labour councillors seemed determined to push on and even extend their plans.

Meanwhile, York Outer Tory MP Julian Sturdy is to host a half hour debate in Westminster Hall on land ‘safeguarded’ for future long term development in Local Plans.

He said he was particularly concerned in York's case about proposals to include a 220 acre site to the East of Earswick, which, if developed, would triple the size of the village.

Labour Cabinet member Coun Dave Merrett said it was extremely important the council gained as much feedback as possible, and there had been more than 14,000 representations by developers, land owners, residents and businesses.

"During this consultation, additional information on sites was submitted by landowners and developers, in some cases suggesting their own sites were better than sites already included in the Preferred Options Local Plan."

He said that before making any final decision on sites to include in the Local Plan, the council was seeking to better understand the public views on additional information, and a targeted consultation would open for comments soon. "It is anticipated that a final draft of the Local Plan will be published for consultation mid-year and submitted for examination in autumn."

Halifax Estates, which owns much of the land where Whinthorpe is planned, said it was working closely with the council to make sure its proposals were right for York and the local community.

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11:26am Wed 14 May 14

BL2 says...

It is utterly disgusting that this should even be suggested as a site or even an idea! The current farce of a council should be removed from office for gross incompetence.
It is utterly disgusting that this should even be suggested as a site or even an idea! The current farce of a council should be removed from office for gross incompetence. BL2
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11:55am Wed 14 May 14

wah001 says...

"Labour Cabinet member Coun Dave Merrett said it was extremely important the council gained as much feedback as possible"

Which they will completely ignore and do as they please or as the person who provides the biggest back hander tells them to.
"Labour Cabinet member Coun Dave Merrett said it was extremely important the council gained as much feedback as possible" Which they will completely ignore and do as they please or as the person who provides the biggest back hander tells them to. wah001
  • Score: -41

7:37pm Wed 14 May 14

MrMrWW says...

The whole Local Plan stinks. There is hardly anything positive for York in it. York is a small city with already creaking infrastructure.

The Local Plan is being driven by the naked ambition of York's naïve politicians. Hopefully the city will be rid of the present administration at the earliest opportunity.
The whole Local Plan stinks. There is hardly anything positive for York in it. York is a small city with already creaking infrastructure. The Local Plan is being driven by the naked ambition of York's naïve politicians. Hopefully the city will be rid of the present administration at the earliest opportunity. MrMrWW
  • Score: -50

8:05pm Wed 14 May 14

bill bailey says...

BUILD AN AIRPORT AT ELVINGTON, One of the reasons the project was stopped was because the Chaiman of the Parish Council The idiot Bailey said
We have 10 Airports within 1 hour of YORK yes if one go's by Concorde, there is only 2 that's on a good day LEEDS and DONCASTER, we are missing out on the influx of visiters from CHINA. INDIA. USA, JAPAN and others. take those students away from YORK and the economy of YORK would look sick, They would be able to fly direct to YORK , Tough on Elvington
Village the same as they say when they fly off their holidays from the airport of their chose , having an Airport at Elvington would after 5 yrs £500million into
economy , A minimum of passengers after 10yrs would rise 6 million,
BUILD AN AIRPORT AT ELVINGTON, One of the reasons the project was stopped was because the Chaiman of the Parish Council The idiot Bailey said We have 10 Airports within 1 hour of YORK yes if one go's by Concorde, there is only 2 that's on a good day LEEDS and DONCASTER, we are missing out on the influx of visiters from CHINA. INDIA. USA, JAPAN and others. take those students away from YORK and the economy of YORK would look sick, They would be able to fly direct to YORK , Tough on Elvington Village the same as they say when they fly off their holidays from the airport of their chose , having an Airport at Elvington would after 5 yrs £500million into economy , A minimum of passengers after 10yrs would rise 6 million, bill bailey
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8:35pm Wed 14 May 14

MrMrWW says...

Well done, Bill Bailey. You have managed to be insulting, irrelevant and come up with a suggestion that will never happen in a million years. I'd say you have done your job.
Well done, Bill Bailey. You have managed to be insulting, irrelevant and come up with a suggestion that will never happen in a million years. I'd say you have done your job. MrMrWW
  • Score: -44

9:39pm Wed 14 May 14

bill bailey says...

MrMrWW wrote:
Well done, Bill Bailey. You have managed to be insulting, irrelevant and come up with a suggestion that will never happen in a million years. I'd say you have done your job.
Well they said the world was flat , or was it you, could well have been your living in the dark ages, Oh by the way the world is round, So im insulting and irrelevant, please explain yourself. people like you dig their own holes and don't know when to stop.
[quote][p][bold]MrMrWW[/bold] wrote: Well done, Bill Bailey. You have managed to be insulting, irrelevant and come up with a suggestion that will never happen in a million years. I'd say you have done your job.[/p][/quote]Well they said the world was flat , or was it you, could well have been your living in the dark ages, Oh by the way the world is round, So im insulting and irrelevant, please explain yourself. people like you dig their own holes and don't know when to stop. bill bailey
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4:06pm Fri 16 May 14

What-a-joke-they-are says...

I love the fact that although nothing is decided, there are been people surveying the Whinthorpe site for the past 2 week.

the surveyors themselves cant agree if its for building, solar or wind purposes though

I agree with mrmrWW:

The whole Local Plan stinks. There is hardly anything positive for York in it. York is a small city with already creaking infrastructure.

The Local Plan is being driven by the naked ambition of York's naïve politicians. Hopefully the city will be rid of the present administration at the earliest opportunity.
I love the fact that although nothing is decided, there are been people surveying the Whinthorpe site for the past 2 week. the surveyors themselves cant agree if its for building, solar or wind purposes though I agree with mrmrWW: The whole Local Plan stinks. There is hardly anything positive for York in it. York is a small city with already creaking infrastructure. The Local Plan is being driven by the naked ambition of York's naïve politicians. Hopefully the city will be rid of the present administration at the earliest opportunity. What-a-joke-they-are
  • Score: 3

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