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Council welcomes JLP commitment to York


12:01am 2nd November 2011

City of York Council has today (2nd November) welcomed the announcement that John Lewis Partnership has committed to establishing itself in the city, providing a huge boost to York and cementing its position as a world class retail destination.

The retail giant's announcement also gives weight to plans for a Community Stadium at Monks Cross, in forming part of the wider commercial development proposed by Oakgate (Monks Cross) Ltd, which will fund the majority of the Community Stadium's build.

Councillor James Alexander, Labour leader of City of York Council said:

"Today's news that John Lewis Partnership are committed to joining our city's retail offer is a huge boost for the city and shows that investor confidence is high.

"This announcement follows discussions with the retailer by the council and those involved in the Community Stadium scheme and brings us another step closer to delivering a Community Stadium for York; benefiting local residents and professional and amateur sports clubs across the city."

Kersten England, chief executive of City of York Council said:

"This commitment from John Lewis Partnership is a great vote of confidence for our city and demonstrates that York's strong retail offer and growing economy is continuing to attract big names; strengthening our economy long-term."

The council signed a Memorandum of Understanding in December 2010 with its partners York City Football Club and the City of York Athletic Club for the delivery of a Community Stadium, which would:

  • Provide a centre of community activity with a range of facilities for sport, play, learning and well-being.
  • Provide a shared home for York City Knights and York City Football Club, to enable each club to achieve their ambitions.
  • Provide a minimum capacity of 6,000 seats, with the potential to increase the capacity to 12,000.
  • Enable a county standard athletic track, as part of the new sports village at the Heslington campus, in partnership with the City of York Athletics Club and the University of York.
  • Help raise sporting aspirations in the city as excitement generated by London 2012 reaches its peak; creating a lasting Olympics sporting legacy for York.  

Monks Cross South was chosen as the site for the development of a Community Stadium in July 2010, following a detailed site selection process by the council in which it was deemed the only viable site to deliver such a scheme.  The site can be developed as a single comprehensive scheme for both commercial and community uses, be delivered within the tight timescale required to meet Football Stadia Improvement Fund requirements and provide sufficient funding for a wide range of community uses - all with limited reliance on the public purse.  

A planning application for a new Community Stadium at Monks Cross has since been submitted to City of York Council Planning Committee, by local developers Oakgate (Monks Cross) Ltd, and is the only Community Stadium proposal submitted to City of York Council at this time.

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