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Public support for Community Stadium plans


2:45pm 6th March 2012
(Updated 3:06pm 6th March 2012)

Members of the public showed clear support for updated plans for York Community Stadium and enabling retail development at a consultation event this weekend.

Over 600 people attended the public exhibition, held at the De Grey Rooms on Saturday, to view the latest plans for the development, which would see the creation of a new Community Stadium for York part-financed by a John Lewis shop and a new flagship Marks & Spencer store.

Feedback from the event showed that 72.7% of the attendees support the scheme, 17.3% disagreed with the proposals and 10% were unsure. Local issues and queries about how the stadium would be run were highlighted and Oakgate will work with the City of York Council to address them where possible.

Developer Oakgate has been consulting widely with the public over their Community Stadium proposals since last summer. Following feedback from the public, the Council and other stakeholders, the company has amended the plans to include all weather multi-use games pitches, the removal of the southern development site and reduction in the proposed number of parking spaces.

Richard France, Managing Director of the Oakgate Monks Cross Ltd, said:

“The turnout and the positive response we received for our plans from the public was extremely encouraging. 

"We will now collate the feedback and look to address as many comments as we can. 

"It is vital that if the people of York want a Community Stadium and John Lewis and the 1,000 jobs that go with it then they must make their voices heard by supporting the proposals. 

"Our scheme not only delivers a new stadium but also sends a clear signal that York is open for business and is ready to compete with our regional retail rivals of Leeds and Sheffield”.   

Representatives from City of York Council, Oakgate Monks Cross Ltd and their professional teams together with York City FC, John Lewis, M&S and York Athletics Club were on hand to answer questions on the updated scheme.

To find out more about Oakgate’s Community Stadium proposals, you can visit http://www.yorkcommunitystadium.com.

You can give your feedback to the scheme by emailing planning.enquiries@york.gov.uk or by writing to the planning officer: Michael Jones, City of York Council Planning Department, 9 St Leonard’s Place, York, YO1 7ET or email planning.enquiries@york.gov.uk, referencing the planning application code 11/02581/OUTM.

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