Planning applications in the City of York Council’s online planning portal are routinely monitored by York Civic Trust as casework.
This allows for a critical appraisal of applications, large and small, that are likely to impact on the city’s streetscape and historic character.
Such appraisals are sifted through the work of the Trust’s Heritage Planning Officer, the Heritage Planning Studio (a voluntary partnership between the Trust and the University of York’s MA in Conservation Studies postgraduates) and, ultimately, the Trust’s Planning Committee, which meets ten times a year.
Below are details and links to some of the most important recent planning applications from the Trust’s point of view, and, where appropriate, pdfs of the Trust’s formal written responses. A separate webpage includes archived casework that has now been determined. The planning system allows three types of response: support, objection, or to make a general comment on an application.
Application Address: Club Salvation, George Hudson Street, York, YO1 6JL
Planning reference no.: 18/01867/LBC
Proposal: Conversion of first and second floor and third and fourth floor extension to create 19no. serviced apartments, change of use of 23 and 25 Tanner Row ground floor and basement to A3 with ancillary accommodation, 27 and 29 George Hudson Street ground floor and basement will remain retail with storage, and 31 George Hudson Street ground floor and basement will be amenity space for the serviced apartments.
Importance: No.23 Tanner Row (‘Club Salvation’ nightclub) was originally known as the Great Northern Hotel and designed as a prestigious building in a prominent position on the corner of Tanner Row and George Hudson Street, the latter being created in 1877 – the likely date for the hotel’s construction. It is in the Central Historic Core Conservation Area (Character Area 21: Micklegate)
Opportunities: To improve the streetscape, which has been lessened in recent years due, amongst others, to the black facade of ‘Club Salvation’. It could also help form a visual gateway opposite the attractive, tall 1899 no.22 George Hudson Street (Grade II) by better help ‘framing’ the approach to George Hudson Street from Rougier Street.
Impact: Any material loss at ground floor level will be of modern interventions. The upper storeys on George Hudson Street will see the removal of (historic?) internal walls and the staircase at no.27. The ‘restoration’ of upper floors will inevitably raise the height of the building, although no less than historically was the case, and will likely better define George Hudson Street.
Concerns / benefits: The refurbishment of ‘Club Salvation’ will improve the streetscape and ground floor level, especially during the daytime. However, consideration will need to be given to poor air-quality on George Hudson Street, and mitigate how this will not impact on the health of residents. The “restored” upper floors, which were removed following WW2 war damage, will positively contribute to the recent redevelopment of the Rougier Street area. The removal of modern partition walls and fittings on the ground floor at no.31 George Hudson Street that are associated with the nightclub will help reinstate the property as a listed townhouse above a ground-floor retail unit. However, the proposed upper-floor alterations of nos. 27-31 George Hudson Street would see the existing duplex arrangement reconstructed as one-bedroom apartments, with the potential loss of historic material and fixtures.
York Civic Trust’s response: Support
Application Address: York Central, Leeman Road, York
Planning reference no.: 18/01884/OUTM
Proposal: Outline planning application with all matters reserved for the redevelopment of York Central, Leeman Road to provide a mixed-use development comprising of up to 2,500 homes (Class C3) up to 87,693m2 of business use (Class B1a/B1b), up to 11,991m2 of retail and leisure use (Classes A1-A5 or D2), Hotels with up to 400 bedrooms (Class C1), up to 12,120m2 of nonresidential institutions (Class D1) for expansion of the National Railway Museum and provision of community uses all with associated works including new open space, parking provisions, demolition and alterations to existing buildings, and associated vehicular, rail, cycle and pedestrian access improvements.
Importance: York Central holds important heritage of two keys parts of the city’s history. Archaeological deposits of a roman cemetery exist at the railway station of the site, and numerous buildings on the site continue to provide evidence of the city’s railway importance during the C19-C20.
Opportunities: Notwithstanding the physical constraints of the site (it is entirely surrounded by railway lines), York Central is a once-in-a-century opportunity not only to develop the site itself but to provide York with a new quarter with transformational potential for the city. The outline application needs to be ambitious in its aspirations, remarkable in design, and extraordinary to experience, as suggested by our members in two ‘Future York’ workshops on the future of the site held in February 2018.
Impact: Mostly low impact on the standing building railway heritage. However, there will need to be a balance between good place-making for the new York Central community without being detrimental to surrounding communities. Likewise, any benefits arising from the site will need to be shared between York citizens and those who will work in or come to visit York Central.
Concerns / benefits: Overall, the proposed use of very tall buildings (upto 8-storeys high), ribbon development along a ‘spine’ access road, a lack of provision of schools and other amenities, and concerns over the sustainability of the transport offered, all means there is nothing inspiring in the proposed scheme to make it unique, sustainable, or as a substantial asset for all citizens of York. Any benefits are likely to be for the National Railway Museum due to its expansion and use of Leeman Road, which would likely boost tourism to the city, but at an unacceptable cost to York residents in terms of more road congestion through the site and poor place-making for the York Central community.
York Civic Trust’s response: Object
Application Address: York Cemetery Trust Kiosk, York Cemetery, Cemetery Road, York, YO10 5AJ
Planning reference no.: 18/01621/LBC
Proposal: Single storey extension and alterations to building to form volunteers centre with associated facilities and tool store (resubmission).
Importance: York Cemetery dates from 1837. It was designed as a garden cemetery by James Piggott Pritchett, an architect with a long-established connection with York (including the façade of the York Assembly Rooms and The Savings Bank on St Helen’s Square). It is a Grade II* Listed landscape and is one of only two privately owned Victorian Cemeteries in the UK.
Opportunities: To improve the street presence of the cemetery, especially if the concrete garage / shed at the front of the site was to be removed.
Impact: Mostly low impact on the historic setting, continuing to be subservient in size and detailing to the adjacent Greek-Revival style Grade II Cemetery Lodge.
Concerns / benefits: This resubmitted scheme would lead to the improvement of the cemetery’s setting, especially with the proposed removal of the concrete garage.
York Civic Trust’s response: Support
Application address: North Country Properties Limited, 72 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF
Planning reference no.: 18/01265/LBC
Proposal: Internal and external works including structural timber and render repairs to the front and gable elevations.
Importance: 72 Goodramgate forms part of ‘Lady Row’, a C14 row of timber-framed medieval houses with jettied fronts. These are the oldest row houses in York. This Grade I listed building is in the Central Historic Core Conservation Area.
Opportunities: There is here a possibility to provide sustainable and much needed conservation repairs to this property following an incident when a vehicle impacted with the corner of the property, but also since the inappropriate use of C20 concrete render.
Impact: The replacement of decayed and damaged medieval timbers and replacement of the concrete render with a lime based one will help prevent further deterioration of the building.
Concerns / benefits: The remedial work will benefit the individual building through making its structurally secure. This will also sustain its contribution to the streetscape and conservation area. Historic England’s report that the work has likely been carried out in advance of professional conservation advice is a concern, as it overlooks the consultation guidance of this national heritage body. A similar use of concrete rendering appears to have been used for the rest of Lady Row during the C20, meaning it is likely suffering similar decay of its medieval timbers.
York Civic Trust’s response: a general comment
Application address: Infinity Motorcycles, 46 Piccadilly, York YO1 9NU
Planning reference no.: 18/01296/FULM
Proposal: Erection of a 6-storey hotel with 155 bedrooms, with a 6-storey apartment block of 8 apartments, following the demolition of existing buildings.
Importance: This is a historic site of archaeological importance. It is also central to the Council’s Castle Gateway Masterplan which aims to redevelop and better integrate the Piccadilly, (Clifford’s Tower) Castle Complex, and St George’s Field areas as a gateway to the city centre from the south. The location will form the backdrop to Clifford’s Tower and the Castle Museum buildings, which are Grade I listed.
Opportunities: A hotel would be a positive contribution to the city and in keeping with the Castle Gateway Masterplan ambitions.
Impact: Planning approval was granted for a similar, but smaller scheme in 2017 (17/00429/FULM). The apartments are to be 1.5m taller facing the River Foss. There is also to be a new 6-storey structure joining the hotel and the apartments. Opportunity for a pedestrian / cycle bridge across the River Foss, which is part of the Castle Gateway Masterplan will not be compatible with this site anymore.
Concerns / benefits: The increased size of the riverside aprtments and connecting building will be over-development, and a consequence negative impact on historic sites and river/streetscape. It will also have a detrimental impact on the strategic implementation of the wider Castle Gateway Masterplan, limiting the position of the intended pedestrian / cycle bridge across the River Foss to land to the south of Ryedale House, where there would be poor visibility for it. These concern outweigh any public benefit from greater residential and hotel provision in the city..
York Civic Trust’s response: object
Application address: Mr Ps Curious Tavern, 71 Low Petergate, York YO1 7HY
Planning reference no.: 18/01197/LBC
Proposal: Internal and external works including replacement cast iron rainwater pipe to front elevation, replace rotten timbers and splice in replacement oak, rebuild 2no. brick infill panels and install structural steelwork to support front elevation wall
Importance: 71 Low Petergate is an early C17 timber framed house and workshop, now shop. The application relates more to 73 Low Petergate, part of four timber-framed houses dating from Late C16, with later extensions, now three shops. No 71 and No 73 Low Petergate are Grade II and Grade II* listed respectively..Both are in the city’s Historic Core Conservation Area and Low Petergate is one of the city’s most historic and aesthetically pleasing streets.
Opportunities: There is here a possibility to provide sustainable and much needed conservation repairs to this property following timber decay leading to structural issues.
Impact: The replacement of decayed and damaged medieval floor joists and timber posts with the support of steel straps will help prevent further deterioration of the building.
Concerns / benefits: The remedial work will benefit the individual building through making its structurally secure. This will also sustain its contribution to the streetscape and conservation area.
York Civic Trust’s response: support
Recent Planning Decisions
Below is a list of recent planning decisions made for casework of interest to the Trust. A separate webpage features archived casework that has now been determined.
18/01245/FUL – Gusto, 2 – 4 Little Stonegate, York YO1 8AX. A resubmitted application to change the use of the public highway in order to provide outdoor seating area for this cafe
18/01176/FULM – Ryedale House, 58 – 60 Piccadilly York YO1 9PE. Erection of four-storey extension to provide 4no. flexible use commercial units at ground floor level with 14no. new/enlarged apartments, substations, and balcony extensions to 3no. existing apartments and widening of existing pavement along Piccadilly with associated carriageway narrowing, landscaping and ancillary works
Decision: Approved, following a revised scheme that will reduce the massing of the extension and very slightly set it back from the boundary line on Piccadilly.
18/00836/FUL – Holgate House, 133 Holgate Road, York YO24 4DF. A three-storey rear extension to form six additional residential units with associated access and parking.
18/00738/FUL – Mali 5 Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate York YO1 8BL. Change of use of barbers to restaurant/bar and formation of roof-top terrace with balustrade to rear.
Decision: Approved, following a revised scheme that will visually conceal the roof-top terrace
18/00940/LBC – Bathurst House, 86 Micklegate, York, YO1 6LQ. Internal and external alterations including demolition of existing single storey rear extension, installation of glazed link, two storey rear extension, removal of internal walls and internal and external repair works in association with change of use from office to dwelling.
18/00639/LBC – St Joseph’s Convent Of Poor Clare Colettines, Lawrence Street, York, YO10 3EB. Conversion, alteration and part demolition of existing buildings (the Lodge and Extern House) to provide 10no. apartments and erection of 4no. dwellings
Decision: Approved, following a revised scheme that will maintain the original layout of the corridor leading to the offertory in the Extern House.
18/00452/LBC – 48A Marygate, York, YO30 7BH. Erection of two storey dwelling following demolition of existing garage block with detached outbuilding forming studio to rear
Decision: Approved, following a revised scheme that reduces the height of the building.
18/00384/LBC – York Cemetery Trust Kiosk, York Cemetery, Cemetery Road, York, YO10 5AJ. Single storey extension to form visitors centre with associated facilities and tool store
Decision: Application withdrawn