Plans submitted for 700 homes on York site allocated for just 330 units in draft local plan

Plans have been submitted for up to 704 homes on a former gas works site in York which is currently allocated for just 336 dwellings in the council's emerging local plan.

A masterplan visualisation of the development. (Image courtesy of Heworth Green Development Ltd and Moda Living Ltd)
A masterplan visualisation of the development. (Image courtesy of Heworth Green Development Ltd and Moda Living Ltd)

Joint applicants Heworth Green Development Ltd and Moda Living Ltd have submitted outline plans to City of York council for the redevelopment of the former gas works site at Heworth Green.

The plans proposed the erection of a maximum of 704 homes; 410 square metres of retail or community use floorspace; site remediation, associated access, car parking, amenity space and landscaping.

The site is allocated for up to 336 homes in the council’s emerging local plan, currently under examination.

A planning statement submitted with the application says that "the principle of the site’s redevelopment for housing is established by its allocation in the emerging local plan" which can "be applied with moderate weight given its conformity with the National Planning Policy Framework and the limited objections received during the local plan consultation process".

It adds that the site is "highly constrained, and subject to significant abnormal costs", and "to meet these remediation costs there is a quantum of development required to make the scheme deliverable which is reflected in the current proposals".

A design and access statement says that site constraints and the cost of site remediation works "have been a contributing factor in a number of failed attempts over the years to bring the site forward for redevelopment".

"The project presents a unique opportunity to create a new neighbourhood for future generations in a prominent location on the edge of the city centre, stitching together a fragmented urban environment in this part of the city," it adds.

The application can be found on the council's website here by searching for application number 19/00979/OUTM. 

Earlier this month, York launched a consultation on a raft of proposed amendments to its submitted local plan, including a cut in its annual housing target by nine per cent from 867 homes per year to 790.

On Friday, it was revealed that housing secretary James Brokenshire has opted not to call in plans for 2,500 homes and 87,700 square metres of office space in the centre of York.

In March, outline plans for the scheme were approved after planning officers advised that the benefits of the scheme "demonstrably outweigh" its adverse impacts, including on the city's heritage.

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