Concerns Over Wigginton Retirement Apartments


Developer submits planning application for 45 more retirement apartments on The Village, Wigginton.

Over the spring, Churchill Retirement Homes have been asking for residents’ views on their proposals for a new block of retirement homes on what is currently 11 The Village, Wigginton prior to the submission of a formal planning application, which has now been received by City of York Council.

Residents have raised concerns over:

• The scale of the development proposed, being three storeys high in a predominately residential area, and the impact this would have on the character of the village.

• The lack of parking proposed on site, and the potential for that to be displaced onto the street.

• Whether there is any need for more of this form of development locally, given the range of retirement apartments available locally already.

• The impact on local health services, which are already stretched.

It is disappointing to see in the final planning application submitted that few, if any changes have been made to address these concerns. We are also disappointed to see an attempt by the applicant to avoid any contributions to affordable housing, which would normally be set at 20% of the number of units, which in this case would be 9.

The developers cite a lack of financial viability (on a scheme projected to make a £2.5m profit). We have asked the planning department to challenge this, and the council will be undertaking an independent appraisal of the viability of the scheme.

The planning application is available to view online by searching for 22/01315/FULM at: planningaccess.york.gov.uk

The deadline for public comments is set for 17 August 2022.


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