Below is an archive of recent planning casework in York that has now been decided. There are three main outcomes for a planning application: approval of the proposals (usually with planning conditions), refusal, or the application is withdrawn. In the case of the latter, while many factors may influence it, it is often the case that an application is withdrawn on recommendation of the Planning Officer, due to a recommendation for refusal.
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. Verdict:Approved
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. Verdict: Application withdrawn
Application address: Mali 5 Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate York YO1 8BL
Planning reference no.: 18/00738/FUL
Proposal: Change of use of barbers to restaurant/bar and formation of roof-top terrace with balustrade to rear.
Importance: While this is a C20 building of little merit, the site is located in a highly sensitive historic location closely connected to the ancient medieval streets of Colliergate, St Saviourgate, and Fossgate. It is within the city’s Historic Core Conservation Area.
Opportunities: The change of use continues to offer a public benefit.
Impact: The internal changes would not be detrimental to the streetscape and possibly make a fuller use of the property. The addition of a roof-top terrace will be visible (and audible) from surrounding streets, including Fossgate.
Concerns / benefits: The roof-top terrace and balustrade will diminish the character of the streetscape and conservation area, needlessly distracting the eye from one of the city’s Key Historic Core Views: the view of the Minster from Fossgate and the Foss Bridge. This concern outweighs any marginal public benefit from more catering provision in the city.
York Civic Trust’s response: Object
VERDICT: Approved, following a revised scheme that will visually conceal the roof-top terrace.
Application Address: York Cemetery Trust Kiosk, York Cemetery, Cemetery Road, York, YO10 5AJ
Planning reference no.: 18/00384/LBC
Proposal: Single storey extension to form visitors centre with associated facilities and tool store
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 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: An improvement to the setting of the cemetery. Some of the materials to be used (esp. the coloured aluminium frame) are insensitive to the site.
York Civic Trust’s response: Support
VERDICT: Application withdrawn