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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Christ Church, Stockton Lane

Contact: Ginnie Shaw 

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Outdoor surgery

A team from York Museum will be present, showing some Roman cooking (and tasting) methods as well as bringing along some artefacts for you to handle.


Also, York’s mobile library will be on site with a range of displays about the facilities you can access through your library, and information on the exciting changes due to be made to Central Library as it is transformed into an Explore Learning Centre.


Residents will also have the opportunity to meet with ward councillors Jenny Brooks, Nigel Ayre and Jonathan Morley; Neighbourhood Management Officer Ginnie Shaw and representatives from the Safer Neighbourhoods Team, Children and Young People’s Services, Street Environment Services and local parish councils.


Refreshments will be provided.


1.1 During the ward committee surgery residents had the opportunity to talk to ward councillors, the Street Environment Officer, the Neighbourhood Management Officer, and PC Graeme Wright of the Safer Neighbourhoods Team.

1.2 Dave Caulfield and Martin Grainger, City Strategy, CYC, were on hand to discuss the Local Development Framework.

1.3 Representatives of York Libraries were present with the mobile library unit, and representatives of York Museums Trust prepared Roman cookery and hairstyles.


Welcome and minutes


2.1 Chair, Cllr Nigel Ayre, welcomed residents to the meeting and the minutes of the previous meeting were agreed and signed.


Fifty Plus Festival


Sue Lister spoke about the 50 Plus Festival. The following points were noted:

3.1 Cllr. Jenny Brooks is holding a day of diversity at the Dunnington Reading Room to celebrate activities in the village that people aged 50+ can take part in.

3.2 The Fifty Plus Festival takes place between 26 September and 4 October, coinciding with International Day of Older People on October 1.

3.3 On September 26 York Older People’s Assembly are hosting a Bridging the Gap event in the Friends Meeting House, which will be focused on diversity and the issue of paying for care as one gets older.

3.4 If anyone has ideas about how to celebrate being 50+, please contact Sue Lister at 488870.


Local Development Framework (LDF)

Dave Caulfield, Head of City Development, and Martin Grainger, Principal Development Officer will explain about the LDF and how you can influence the planning of York’s future.


Dave Caulfield, Head of City Development, CYC, and Martin Grainger, Principal Development Officer, CYC.

Dave Caulfield introduced the Local Development Framework (LDF) to residents as part of the citywide consultation process currently underway. The following points were noted:

4.1 A leaflet explaining the LDF core strategy has been distributed to every household in the city and City of York Council is seeking residents’ responses by August 28th.

4.2 The LDF is the planning strategy for the physical growth of the city of York over the next 20-25 years; it addresses the issue of achieving growth in population and the local economy while protecting the unique character of the city.

4.3 Some of the challenges the LDF seeks to address are: a projected population of 30,000 by 2030; an aging population; the need to provide 850 new homes every year; the creation of at least 1,000 new jobs every year, after the current recession; climate change – how to accommodate growth and minimise the impact on the environment; sustainable communities: achieving growth without creating a twin-track city.

4.4 The LDF Core Strategy consists of: planning vision; spatial strategy (identifying areas for growth); strategic policies (encouraging development of the right type).

4.5 The key elements of the planning vision are: protect the history and unique character of the city; maintain community cohesion; provide accessible services; establish a permanent green belt for the city; concentrate development in the main urban area; support appropriate levels of affordable housing; protect wildlife and the natural environment.

4.6 The key elements of the spatial strategy are: protecting York’s unique character and setting; concentrating development in areas well served by public transport and services; managing flood risk; protecting wildlife and habitats.

4.7 The strategy aims to maximise development opportunities in urban areas and minimise use of green field land, but due to a shortfall of 4,400 in the projected number of houses required, they have sought to identify areas in the draft greenbelt for development. This process has taken into account the importance of strays and the river; areas that retain a rural setting; existing green corridors; and areas at risk of flooding.

4.8 Having identified possible areas, they then sought to identify the locations that offered the most sustainable development. They identified several areas, which would be the preferred locations for development should it be required. According to current projections, the sites would not be needed until 2021 at the earliest.

4.9 Area A, the preferred choice for development, is the area to the North of Monks Cross; area B is east of Metcalfe Lane; area C, north of Hull Road, is preferred for light industrial development.

4.10 Under the strategic policies, CYC is committed to promoting high standards of design in future developments, helping to create a new layer of history that the city can be proud of.



1 How will area B be accessed?

The response was given that more detailed transport modelling will be required in order to establish if sustainable  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Have Your Say

Residents will have the opportunity to voice their concerns and ask questions.


Q. There is graffiti on utility boxes in Meadlands.

A. The response was given that the councillors would pass on the issue to the relevant department. It was also pointed out that the Parish Council have an anti-graffiti kit if necessary.


Q. There are problem with drinkers on the stray until late in the evening. How do we request an alcohol exclusion zone?

A. The response was given that the councillors would provide details at the end of the meeting.


Q. Could the ward budget be used to improve the footpath through Hempland Allotments?

A. The response was given that the resident should use Your Ward to make the suggestion.


Q. There are problems with travellers on Metcalfe Lane and travellers gain access to the Sustrans track.

A. The response was given that the councillors will look into having the lock changed.


Q. Would it be possible to get a 20mph speed limit through Dunnington?

A. The response was given that if enough people ask for it, it will be considered.


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