We have been listening to residents in the Lowfields area, meeting with groups of neighbours, listening to their concerns about the proposed development of the old school site.
As local residents know from a newsletter we delivered, the original plan to build an older people's home and care village on the site is no longer considered viable. The council tried to find a private company to provide this but the project failed to find developers. To complete the original proposal it would have cost York tax payers an additional £1.5 million every year. The Labour council made the decision to look for an alternative way to provide the homes that older residents need without the extra cost.
As part of this new plan the council intends to use the Lowfields site for housing. This includes housing for older people such as step-down flats and hopefully bungalows. The site will not be sold and the housing will only be built on the footprint of the school, not the playing fields.
We know from listening to residents that there are concerns about the size of the development, road access and the height of the new homes. Others may have some other, different concerns and we are interested to know what these might be.
Currently the council have not produced the detailed proposals for the site. We have been clear from the start that local people should be consulted on those plans. If elected we will ensure the community is involved in the planning process at every stage. The new proposals have to be right for local residents. We agree that the site cannot be built too high, be too big and must have proper access. One thing we do know is that there will not be any three storey houses. This was one of many reasons why the proposals from the private market for the care village were rejected.
Our pledge to the local community is to work with them as the proposals come forward. We want local people to have a genuine opportunity to influence how the development is shaped. We want them to be able to look at the plans, voice any concerns, and ensure the council listens. If we are elected in May we pledge to be with local residents every step of the way.
Labour's Westfield candidates