Go-ahead for new council homes on site of garages

Former council leader Steve Galloway

Former council leader Steve Galloway

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THE next steps have been taken in York's council house building programme with planning permission granted for new homes in Dringhouses.

Two houses and six flats are set to be built on a site which currently houses 15 garages, and builders are due to be site later this year.

The homes will all have two bedrooms, and are among 70 planned new council homes being built across the city. The homes are aimed at encouraging older people to move into smaller homes and free up larger properties for growing families.

The eleven members of the area planning sub committee voted unanimously to approve the plans at a meeting on Thursday, and a council spokesman later confirmed that work is expected to start on site later this year.

Another Dringhouses site has also been earmarked for new council housing. Nearby Newbury Avenue currently houses another row of 28 garages which could be demolished to make way for eight two-bed and one one-bed apartments.

This project has attracted an objection from former council leader Steve Galloway, who has written to the planning department with concerns over the lack of parking provision.

Another planned council house development - or eight two bedroomed flats on Fenwick Street near Rowntree Park, is also awaiting planning permission. Locals have voiced strong opposition to those plans, saying the scheme to build on green space will ruin the street's character and destroy valuable and much-loved parkland.

Elsewhere in the city, work is progressing to build 27 new homes at Beckfield Lane by February 2015, 18 of which will be new council homes and nine for sale privately. Planning permission has also been granted for eight two-bedroomed council flats at Hewley Avenue off Melrosegate.

Planning permission has already been granted to to put 14 flats on the site of the disused Pack of Cards pub in Acomb, and the council has agreed a £1.67 million deal to buy the development from RHW Developers.

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10:44am Sat 9 Aug 14

Stevie D says...

Good news that more council houses are being built, and very rare that I agree with the Belted Galloway, but what car parking provision is being made? If 43 garages are being knocked down, presumably that means 43 households are losing a car parking space, and then we're adding 16 new homes on there, many of which will want car parking space as well. I hope they've got a good plan for it!
Good news that more council houses are being built, and very rare that I agree with the Belted Galloway, but what car parking provision is being made? If 43 garages are being knocked down, presumably that means 43 households are losing a car parking space, and then we're adding 16 new homes on there, many of which will want car parking space as well. I hope they've got a good plan for it! Stevie D
  • Score: 31

11:20am Sat 9 Aug 14

Blythespirit says...

Galloway has objected to practically every new housing development in the city. He deserves an award for Number One NIMBY. Thank goodness his tenure is over...
Galloway has objected to practically every new housing development in the city. He deserves an award for Number One NIMBY. Thank goodness his tenure is over... Blythespirit
  • Score: 4

11:44am Sat 9 Aug 14

Jack Ham says...

Follow the Merrett Plan. Cars are evil therefore parking should be removed.

Consequence - blocked roads, dangerous pavements, frustrated neighbours and debacles like Lendal Bridge.

Will CYC and it's patronising political elite never learn?
Follow the Merrett Plan. Cars are evil therefore parking should be removed. Consequence - blocked roads, dangerous pavements, frustrated neighbours and debacles like Lendal Bridge. Will CYC and it's patronising political elite never learn? Jack Ham
  • Score: -29

2:56pm Sat 9 Aug 14

MistressMiddlethorpe says...

Jack Ham wrote:
Follow the Merrett Plan. Cars are evil therefore parking should be removed.

Consequence - blocked roads, dangerous pavements, frustrated neighbours and debacles like Lendal Bridge.

Will CYC and it's patronising political elite never learn?
What appears to be missing here is information on what these garages are currently being used for. My money is on these garages being redundant or not used for parking cars but as storage units. If one looks in social housing areas, the number of car owners is lower than in owner-occupier estates, not least because those in social housing tend to have less money to spend on cars and tend to use bikes or the bus.

It is laudable that smaller dwellings are being built in redundant spaces that so offer fall into disrepair and end up attracting anti-social activities. My one observation is that there still seems to be a lot of 2 bedroom dwellings and only a few single bedroom ones meaning that whilst this government is in office, if a middle aged couple with a level of disablement get one, they are going to be knobbled by the Bedroom Tax.

It is odd though how Galloway once was the undisputed hater of the car in York has now become a bit of a supporter - or was it then, as it is now a contrarian mind who says anything in the hope of furthering his party's election prospects - a bit like his leader in Parliament.
[quote][p][bold]Jack Ham[/bold] wrote: Follow the Merrett Plan. Cars are evil therefore parking should be removed. Consequence - blocked roads, dangerous pavements, frustrated neighbours and debacles like Lendal Bridge. Will CYC and it's patronising political elite never learn?[/p][/quote]What appears to be missing here is information on what these garages are currently being used for. My money is on these garages being redundant or not used for parking cars but as storage units. If one looks in social housing areas, the number of car owners is lower than in owner-occupier estates, not least because those in social housing tend to have less money to spend on cars and tend to use bikes or the bus. It is laudable that smaller dwellings are being built in redundant spaces that so offer fall into disrepair and end up attracting anti-social activities. My one observation is that there still seems to be a lot of 2 bedroom dwellings and only a few single bedroom ones meaning that whilst this government is in office, if a middle aged couple with a level of disablement get one, they are going to be knobbled by the Bedroom Tax. It is odd though how Galloway once was the undisputed hater of the car in York has now become a bit of a supporter - or was it then, as it is now a contrarian mind who says anything in the hope of furthering his party's election prospects - a bit like his leader in Parliament. MistressMiddlethorpe
  • Score: 13

7:30pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Frodo Baggins says...

MistressMiddlethorpe wrote:
Jack Ham wrote:
Follow the Merrett Plan. Cars are evil therefore parking should be removed.

Consequence - blocked roads, dangerous pavements, frustrated neighbours and debacles like Lendal Bridge.

Will CYC and it's patronising political elite never learn?
What appears to be missing here is information on what these garages are currently being used for. My money is on these garages being redundant or not used for parking cars but as storage units. If one looks in social housing areas, the number of car owners is lower than in owner-occupier estates, not least because those in social housing tend to have less money to spend on cars and tend to use bikes or the bus.

It is laudable that smaller dwellings are being built in redundant spaces that so offer fall into disrepair and end up attracting anti-social activities. My one observation is that there still seems to be a lot of 2 bedroom dwellings and only a few single bedroom ones meaning that whilst this government is in office, if a middle aged couple with a level of disablement get one, they are going to be knobbled by the Bedroom Tax.

It is odd though how Galloway once was the undisputed hater of the car in York has now become a bit of a supporter - or was it then, as it is now a contrarian mind who says anything in the hope of furthering his party's election prospects - a bit like his leader in Parliament.
Spot on....as I said before, he will say and promise the earth but will give nothing if it doesn't benefit him. I would prefer the Tories to him and Wally back.
[quote][p][bold]MistressMiddlethorpe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack Ham[/bold] wrote: Follow the Merrett Plan. Cars are evil therefore parking should be removed. Consequence - blocked roads, dangerous pavements, frustrated neighbours and debacles like Lendal Bridge. Will CYC and it's patronising political elite never learn?[/p][/quote]What appears to be missing here is information on what these garages are currently being used for. My money is on these garages being redundant or not used for parking cars but as storage units. If one looks in social housing areas, the number of car owners is lower than in owner-occupier estates, not least because those in social housing tend to have less money to spend on cars and tend to use bikes or the bus. It is laudable that smaller dwellings are being built in redundant spaces that so offer fall into disrepair and end up attracting anti-social activities. My one observation is that there still seems to be a lot of 2 bedroom dwellings and only a few single bedroom ones meaning that whilst this government is in office, if a middle aged couple with a level of disablement get one, they are going to be knobbled by the Bedroom Tax. It is odd though how Galloway once was the undisputed hater of the car in York has now become a bit of a supporter - or was it then, as it is now a contrarian mind who says anything in the hope of furthering his party's election prospects - a bit like his leader in Parliament.[/p][/quote]Spot on....as I said before, he will say and promise the earth but will give nothing if it doesn't benefit him. I would prefer the Tories to him and Wally back. Frodo Baggins
  • Score: 12

7:33pm Sat 9 Aug 14

York2000 says...

Local politics in York is a pathetic business. Wonder if everywhere is like this?
Local politics in York is a pathetic business. Wonder if everywhere is like this? York2000
  • Score: 10

8:02pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Pedro says...

We have long needed more council houses. Parties of all colours lost interest in it years ago. Not a sexy subject.
We have long needed more council houses. Parties of all colours lost interest in it years ago. Not a sexy subject. Pedro
  • Score: 10

8:13pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Deety says...

Where in Dringhouses are the 15 garages that will be demolished ? .
Where in Dringhouses are the 15 garages that will be demolished ? . Deety
  • Score: 1

8:15pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Deety says...

Where in Dringhouses are the 15 garages that will be demolished
Where in Dringhouses are the 15 garages that will be demolished Deety
  • Score: 0

4:04pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Jack Ham says...

York2000 wrote:
Local politics in York is a pathetic business. Wonder if everywhere is like this?
I don't know - what's it like in er...maybe...Blackpo
ol?
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: Local politics in York is a pathetic business. Wonder if everywhere is like this?[/p][/quote]I don't know - what's it like in er...maybe...Blackpo ol? Jack Ham
  • Score: -12

5:17pm Sun 10 Aug 14

York2000 says...

@Jack Ham

Hummm.... not sure. W could pop over to the Blackpool Press and find out..?!
@Jack Ham Hummm.... not sure. W could pop over to the Blackpool Press and find out..?! York2000
  • Score: 1

8:48am Mon 11 Aug 14

jaycee says...

All properties will have 2 bedrooms and are being built for older people.However,what everyone is forgetting is that should those people apply they will not be allowed to have them ,as a single person or older couple will only be allowed to have a one bedroom property .
All properties will have 2 bedrooms and are being built for older people.However,what everyone is forgetting is that should those people apply they will not be allowed to have them ,as a single person or older couple will only be allowed to have a one bedroom property . jaycee
  • Score: 1

9:09am Mon 11 Aug 14

meme says...

Good idea BUT
this shows the Council have double standards
Private developers have to pepper pot affordable homes in private estates as the council argue the days of 'council' ghettos is over yet when its their own land that rule goes out of the window. why?
Developers cannot build just private homes so why can the council just build affordable?
Possibly because the Council really know the 2 don't mix well.
this is the right way to go however
Good idea BUT this shows the Council have double standards Private developers have to pepper pot affordable homes in private estates as the council argue the days of 'council' ghettos is over yet when its their own land that rule goes out of the window. why? Developers cannot build just private homes so why can the council just build affordable? Possibly because the Council really know the 2 don't mix well. this is the right way to go however meme
  • Score: 0

12:35pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Oaklands Resident says...

Car parking in the Newbury Avenue/Windsor Garth area is already inadequate. (It is not in what most people would call "Dringhouses").

The scheme just needs a redesign to make better use of the site and provide more off street spaces.
Car parking in the Newbury Avenue/Windsor Garth area is already inadequate. (It is not in what most people would call "Dringhouses"). The scheme just needs a redesign to make better use of the site and provide more off street spaces. Oaklands Resident
  • Score: 1

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