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Controversial Plans for 655 New Homes in York Approved


10:21pm 25th April 2013

Controversial plans for 655 new homes in York have been approved.

Some people in Fulford are saying their concerns about the Germany Beck development, including flooding fears, have been ignored.

The proposals to build on the Germany Beck site first received outline planning permission in 2007 after a public inquiry. Since then some local people have had concerns about flooding and the impact the development will have on wildlife, the environment, the historic site of the 1066 Battle of Fulford, air pollution and traffic..

Ten locals spoke against the proposals, including representatives from the Parish Council and Germany Beck Community Forum. There were complaints of a lack of proper consultation with locals and claims concerns about issues like flooding had not been addressed. After a three hour meeting the Committee voted 13 in favour, 2 against with 1 abstention.

At the meeting Cllr Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Fulford and a member of the Germany Beck Community Forum, told the Committee:

“The key unresolved concerns include design and landscaping, lack of up-to-date flooding information, sewerage and land drainage, the impact of floodwater displacement on existing residents, air quality in Selby Road and Main Street and the lack of clarity on community gain.

 “Throughout the Community Forum process, residents have expressed concerns about the consultation. Members of the Forum continue to believe that there are unresolved issues and that full community involvement in the decision making process has not been achieved.

“It has been particularly frustrating for Community Forum representatives to have requested numerous meetings to discuss these issues, particularly on up-to-date flooding information, but to have experienced near silence for 5 months. Residents and the wider community in Fulford are firmly of the view that unless and until information on these matters has been properly furnished and considered, the reserved matters application should not be approved.”

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Aspden said:

“While it is disappointing that the committee accepted the current proposals without fully addressing some key concerns over flooding, traffic and the impact the site will have on the character of Fulford, I will continue to work with local residents to raise their concerns and I await the independent review on whether the site should be added to English Heritage’s protection list as the location of the 1066 Battle of Fulford.”

But York Council has wholeheartedly backed the plans, Mike Slater, assistant director of City and Environmental Services at City of York Council, said:

“We are delighted with this decision. City of York Council is determined to kick-start stalled developments and increase the number of new homes built in York. Germany Beck is currently one of the largest developments in the city, which is going to provide around 650 much needed new homes. We look forward to working with Persimmon Homes in order to get house building moving on this site.”

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