Flats plan for office building on Tanner Row, York

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , mark.stead@thepress.co.uk

NEW flats could be created at an office site in York once rail staff move out, in spite of concerns it will add to a lack of city-centre business space.

First TransPennine Express at present occupies a building on the corner of Tanner Row and Barker Lane, but is planning to leave the premises once its rail franchise comes to an end.

Proposals have now been put forward by the site’s owners, Brantingham Property Services Ltd, to turn it into 11 apartments. They will be discussed next week, when City of York Council’s west and city centre area planning sub-committee meets.

Planning officers have recommended the scheme for approval.

If the plans get the go-ahead, seven one-bedroom and four two-bedroom flats would be created once First TransPennine Express, part of the First Group, vacates the building, which the owners have said is expected to be no later than April 2014.

“The owners are motivated not to be left with a vacant property, particularly given the current economic climate, and are therefore seeking to find an appropriate alternative use for the building,” said a report on the proposals by the council’s development management officer, Rachel Tyas.

She said the authority’s economic development unit felt it was “regrettable that small office spaces are declining in the city centre”, and that it “seemed premature” to apply for the Tanner Row building to be converted into flats as its owners had not assessed the market to see if new tenants might come forward.

“Officers would agree with the comments of the economic development unit and do not welcome this application for a change of use of an office building in an accessible location where there are existing tenants and the market has not been tested,” said the report.

“However, officers consider it would be difficult to resist the proposal on the basis of loss of office space.”

The report also said the apartments scheme would “respect the historic and aesthetic interest of the building” and would not harm the appearance of the surrounding conservation area.

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11:44am Thu 11 Oct 12

far2bizzy says...

Not sure what the big deal is. With more and more people working from home these days, a flat is simply turning into an office with a bed in it, or looking at it the other way, an office is becoming a flat with a desk in it.
Not sure what the big deal is. With more and more people working from home these days, a flat is simply turning into an office with a bed in it, or looking at it the other way, an office is becoming a flat with a desk in it. far2bizzy
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1:44pm Thu 11 Oct 12

meme says...

This will be the first of many such applications
And it shows waht out collegues in the Council know...What shortage of office space in the city centre..There is vacant space being given away coming out of our ears!! Even more when the top floor of the new HQ is offered in the market place.
Let the market dictate what is required and what wil be occupied and CoYC stop meddling where you are not qualified to meddle!!
This will be the first of many such applications And it shows waht out collegues in the Council know...What shortage of office space in the city centre..There is vacant space being given away coming out of our ears!! Even more when the top floor of the new HQ is offered in the market place. Let the market dictate what is required and what wil be occupied and CoYC stop meddling where you are not qualified to meddle!! meme
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6:20pm Thu 11 Oct 12

York1900 says...

a report on the proposals by the council’s development management officer, Rachel Tyas.
She said the authority’s economic development unit felt it was “regrettable that small office spaces are declining in the city centre”

there is enough empty shop that can be used for office space in York housing is better option for every one in the long term

Office space it York City centre puts pressure on day time parking spaces in York and make people not want to come in to York to shop

It's these so called experts that the council employ who have made some of the worst recommendations to the council over the years that have cost us all millions of pounds
a report on the proposals by the council’s development management officer, Rachel Tyas. She said the authority’s economic development unit felt it was “regrettable that small office spaces are declining in the city centre” there is enough empty shop that can be used for office space in York housing is better option for every one in the long term Office space it York City centre puts pressure on day time parking spaces in York and make people not want to come in to York to shop It's these so called experts that the council employ who have made some of the worst recommendations to the council over the years that have cost us all millions of pounds York1900
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7:53pm Thu 11 Oct 12

bob the builder says...

Who would want city centre office space with the disproportionate business rates and parking issues. Clifton Moor has excellent office space to name but one out of town site.
Who would want city centre office space with the disproportionate business rates and parking issues. Clifton Moor has excellent office space to name but one out of town site. bob the builder
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12:43am Fri 12 Oct 12

Magicman! says...

The other issue I have seen is that (a) Firstgroup has no plans to bid for the next Transpennine Express franchise (which is going to be quite different from the current one), and (b) The move means it'll be highly unlikely the new Transpennine operator will have a staff base in York, moving to (at a guess) Leeds instead therefore meaning even fewer jobs in this city.
The other issue I have seen is that (a) Firstgroup has no plans to bid for the next Transpennine Express franchise (which is going to be quite different from the current one), and (b) The move means it'll be highly unlikely the new Transpennine operator will have a staff base in York, moving to (at a guess) Leeds instead therefore meaning even fewer jobs in this city. Magicman!
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