Student accommodation plan for empty council offices in George Hudson Street, York

The empty council offices in George Hudson Street

The empty council offices in George Hudson Street

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EMPTY offices in the centre of York are to be converted into student accommodation under new plans submitted to the council.

The redundant buildings on George Hudson street, which used to house City of York Council offices, could become the site of 55 studio apartments for students.

Owners Forshaw Land and Property Group have applied for change of use planning permission, as well as listed building consents, for the buildings at 2-14 George Hudson Street.

The four storey buildings house restaurants on much of the ground floor, but these proposals show the top three floors could be transformed into homes for dozens of students.

The Grade II listed building was last used as an office by the City of York Council, but has been vacant since 2013 with little interest from potential tenants. Now a planning statement by consultants Knight Frank argues that the employment use condition of the site should be set aside to allow the vacant historic building to be brought back into use.

It says: "The National Planning Policy Framework states that planning policy should avoid the long term protection of sites allocated for employment where there is no reasonable prospect of the site being used for that purpose. When this occurs, applications for alternative uses should be treated with regard to market signals and sustainability."

Knight Frank also argue that the site could be a sustainable development because of the good public transport links nearby which connect to the university campuses and the railway station.

The proposals include 55 self contained studio apartments with their own kitchenettes, a communal lounge, gym, bike store, and managers office, and developers say this would help plug an under-supply in student accommodation which they say exists in York.

The application comes after last year York St John University bought a 258 bedroom accommodation block in Hungate, and work began on another 220 flat block on the former Reg Vardy garage site on Lawrence Street.

Planning permission for that development was granted in December and Caddick Construction began work earlier this month, with completion expected by July next year.

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10:23am Tue 8 Jul 14

smudge2 says...

How many more people will want to go to universities I wonder as Higher Education has become little more than a processing factory for successful graduates who will be in debt for decades, or unsuccessful ones who are set up by the system to feel like abject failures after being encouraged to aspire to a level of education that is simply beyond them. In my days one or two in a class qualified and now it seems if you can pay you can get in judging by the massive increase in numbers coming to York.
How many more people will want to go to universities I wonder as Higher Education has become little more than a processing factory for successful graduates who will be in debt for decades, or unsuccessful ones who are set up by the system to feel like abject failures after being encouraged to aspire to a level of education that is simply beyond them. In my days one or two in a class qualified and now it seems if you can pay you can get in judging by the massive increase in numbers coming to York. smudge2
  • Score: 9

10:53am Tue 8 Jul 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

There is "little interest from potential tenants" because it's such a dreadful area. We all know that York is very touchy-feely about its buildings but much of George Hudson Street should be done away with - other cities move on when premises are no longer fit for purpose. Adapting these expired buildings for student accommodation will only send the area into even steeper decline.

Identify the one or two gems worth retaining, gut the frontages you're obliged to keep and knock the rest of the area down, to create a new, attractive commercial, retail, social and transport-friendly hub for this part of York. The recession is over. In a prime, central site such as this, York should be building for the future.
There is "little interest from potential tenants" because it's such a dreadful area. We all know that York is very touchy-feely about its buildings but much of George Hudson Street should be done away with - other cities move on when premises are no longer fit for purpose. Adapting these expired buildings for student accommodation will only send the area into even steeper decline. Identify the one or two gems worth retaining, gut the frontages you're obliged to keep and knock the rest of the area down, to create a new, attractive commercial, retail, social and transport-friendly hub for this part of York. The recession is over. In a prime, central site such as this, York should be building for the future. Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 22

10:57am Tue 8 Jul 14

Pedro says...

I think it would make good sheltered accommodation for the deaf.
I think it would make good sheltered accommodation for the deaf. Pedro
  • Score: 18

1:23pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Justin7 says...

How about affordable housing for the people of York? COYC only concerned with outsiders yet again.
How about affordable housing for the people of York? COYC only concerned with outsiders yet again. Justin7
  • Score: 14

2:44pm Tue 8 Jul 14

julia brica says...

Justin7 wrote:
How about affordable housing for the people of York? COYC only concerned with outsiders yet again.
I have to agree with Justin, they bleat on about lack of affordable and then go for this. Well done James another fantastic achievement.
I look forward to seeing your next vote winning project.
[quote][p][bold]Justin7[/bold] wrote: How about affordable housing for the people of York? COYC only concerned with outsiders yet again.[/p][/quote]I have to agree with Justin, they bleat on about lack of affordable and then go for this. Well done James another fantastic achievement. I look forward to seeing your next vote winning project. julia brica
  • Score: 14

3:48pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Mr. Marcus says...

Another disaster orchestrated by Alexander and his henchmen!
Roll on May 2015 when Alexander and his gang ride out of OUR city to the sunset.
Another disaster orchestrated by Alexander and his henchmen! Roll on May 2015 when Alexander and his gang ride out of OUR city to the sunset. Mr. Marcus
  • Score: 7

10:49pm Tue 8 Jul 14

wallman says...

why is it always students they don't pay council tax yet our so called caring council want to look after them more than its residents
why is it always students they don't pay council tax yet our so called caring council want to look after them more than its residents wallman
  • Score: 6

10:54pm Tue 8 Jul 14

wallman says...

comments deleted?
comments deleted? wallman
  • Score: 1

8:48am Wed 9 Jul 14

Fat Harry says...

"Owners Forshaw Land and Property Group have applied for change of use planning permission..."

Not a council sheme at all, so Mr Laverack's allter egos might consider winding their necks in for once.
"Owners Forshaw Land and Property Group have applied for change of use planning permission..." Not a council sheme at all, so Mr Laverack's allter egos might consider winding their necks in for once. Fat Harry
  • Score: 2
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