Laura Ashley conversion plans rejected

Laura Ashley conversion plans rejected

Laura Ashley conversion plans rejected

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PLANS to convert a city centre shop into a bar or restaurant have been refused by councillors worried about the loss of retail space in York.

Landlords Rushbond Plc had applied for change of use permission to convert their unit at 11 little Stonegate, but the proposals provoked conflict with the current tenants, Laura Ashley, who wrote to the council warning they would be forced out of the city if the scheme got approval.

The company currently occupies a shop on Davygate and the ground floor of the Little Stonegate unit, operating both as one shop even though the two buildings have different landlords and different leases.

Now the Little Stonegate lease has expired the building's owners want to bring it back into use as a single unit, but ward councillor Brian Watson forced a committee hearing for the case.

Cllr Watson spoke of concerns about the loss of another shop trading in the city centre, and the cumulative impact of another drinking establishment on Little Stonegate which is already busy with drinkers.

He said there was a danger the area would become predominantly drinking establishments and added: "Surely the night time economy should not just mean drinking and causing disturbance to the residents."

Yesterday members of the area planning subcommittee voted to reject the scheme.

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11:59am Fri 4 Jul 14

meme says...

what residents Cllr Watson ? Please tell us how many live in the area
what residents Cllr Watson ? Please tell us how many live in the area meme
  • Score: -14

6:04pm Fri 4 Jul 14

benamy22 says...

Thank you Brian for representing the interests of York residents who live in the city centre - there are already plenty of drinking establishments in this area without adding further to the problems created by the so called night time economy.
Thank you Brian for representing the interests of York residents who live in the city centre - there are already plenty of drinking establishments in this area without adding further to the problems created by the so called night time economy. benamy22
  • Score: 13

9:04pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Great news - at last someone in the Council has a backbone and principles. The next one will be the Lakeland clothes shop on the corner of Stonegate which has gone bust. I hope Councillor Watson keeps an eye on it.
Great news - at last someone in the Council has a backbone and principles. The next one will be the Lakeland clothes shop on the corner of Stonegate which has gone bust. I hope Councillor Watson keeps an eye on it. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 12

8:50am Sat 5 Jul 14

York1900 says...

Pubs and Clubs closing around York but City Centre landlords want to open more pubs in York City centre taking more retail space out of the City Centre making York City centre dead for shopping but good for drinkers and boozed vandal's

I have worked in York City centre at night and the things I have seen going on from a young woman doing gymnastic on the roof of market stalls when drunk to mindless vandalism and all these people would not think off doing it when sober
Pubs and Clubs closing around York but City Centre landlords want to open more pubs in York City centre taking more retail space out of the City Centre making York City centre dead for shopping but good for drinkers and boozed vandal's I have worked in York City centre at night and the things I have seen going on from a young woman doing gymnastic on the roof of market stalls when drunk to mindless vandalism and all these people would not think off doing it when sober York1900
  • Score: 9

10:49pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

Cllr Brian Watson ( now Independent) should be an example to all Councillors as he reads the papers, gets to the nub of the problem and asks the right questions!
Not only does he question the need for further boozers ( both people & places ) but makes his views known as a new member of the Health Scrutiny Committee.
A man who is People not Party centered and we need more like him.
Cllr Brian Watson ( now Independent) should be an example to all Councillors as he reads the papers, gets to the nub of the problem and asks the right questions! Not only does he question the need for further boozers ( both people & places ) but makes his views known as a new member of the Health Scrutiny Committee. A man who is People not Party centered and we need more like him. Older Sometimes Wiser
  • Score: 9

6:19am Sun 6 Jul 14

yorkandproud says...

meme wrote:
what residents Cllr Watson ? Please tell us how many live in the area
Instead of asking questions on this forum, why not go and take a look for yourself. You might get a surprise. There are lots of people living above shops, as well as developments behind and above all the streets in the Stonegate area. I am not saying this street does or does not need another drinking establishment, but the residents must always be considered.
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: what residents Cllr Watson ? Please tell us how many live in the area[/p][/quote]Instead of asking questions on this forum, why not go and take a look for yourself. You might get a surprise. There are lots of people living above shops, as well as developments behind and above all the streets in the Stonegate area. I am not saying this street does or does not need another drinking establishment, but the residents must always be considered. yorkandproud
  • Score: 7

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