Askham Bog planning inquiry due to take place, as developers appeal decision to refuse planning permission

City of York Council has received notification from the Planning Inspectorate that the applicant for the Moor Lane planning application has appealed the Council’s decision to refuse the outline permission for up to 516 residential units near the Askham Bog site.


During the Planning Committee, concerns were raised by Liberal Democrat Councillors about the potential inappropriate development in the Green Belt and the development’s adverse impact on the bog. Local Liberal Democrat Councillors for Dringhouses & Woodthorpe have campaigned to protect this unique site since the previous Labour Administration identified the land for development in their draft Local Plan.

The Planning Inspectorate has notified the Council that the Inquiry will start on 12th November 2019, and it is anticipated that the Inquiry will sit for 12 days. The Council will send notification of the appeal to any person who was notified or consulted about the application and any other interested persons who made representations. If however the representation was part of a petition, each individual on the petition will not be notified by the Council.

Cllr Stephen Fenton, Liberal Democrat Ward Councillor for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe, commented:

“This is disappointing news, but not surprising. The application was refused by the Planning Committee unanimously on the basis of a very thorough report which set out clearly why the proposed development is completely inappropriate due to the impact on Askham Bog and local infrastructure.”

“The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust mounted a fantastic campaign to save Askham Bog which attracted over 7,000 signatures. The campaign will go on until the threat to this site is defeated once and for all.”

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