Plans to turn a dance studio and boxing club into nine apartments will be decided by councillors, after Holgate Labour Councillor David Heaton requested the application be considered in public.
Most planning applications are decided by council officers, under delegated powers. But due to the level of public interest, and public opposition to the proposal for the Regent Buildings on York Road in Acomb, Cllr Heaton said it’s vital councillors hear directly from residents before making a decision.
Cllr Heaton said:
“The Regent Buildings, near the Police station in Acomb, have housed the Patricia Veale School of Dance for 40 years, as well as Henry’s Boxing Gym in more recent years, both of which provide local residents opportunities to train, perform and to pursue their dreams.
“The potential loss of these clubs is a real concern and would inevitably leave Holgate and Acomb the worse for it, were they not to find new homes nearby.
“We also have concerns about increased parking pressures the apartments proposal could bring, especially when considering a potential shortfall in the number of parking spaces earmarked for the neighbouring 64 bed Oakhaven care home development.
“Additional housing is always needed in York, but this should not come at the expense of community activities. People will only thrive living in places where there are activities for them to do, whatever their age”.