York council fails to determine housing plans after FOUR years. Now the builder wants action

The site earmarked for the 266 homes, behind Manor school at the top of the picture and bounded by Westview Close to the bottom. Photograph © Google Street View

A national housebuilder has asked the Government to rule on its plans for west York, after waiting more than four years for a council decision.

Miller Homes wants to build 266 houses on the old Civil Service Sports Ground off Boroughbridge Road and Millfield Lane and submitted a planning application to City of York Council in December 2014, but is still waiting for a decision.

It has now asked the national Planning Inspectorate to intervene, due to the council’s “non-determination” of the case.


The firm says its plans contribute to “the timely provision of much needed housing, including affordable homes, in a sustainable location in York” and said:

  • This is a positive benefit given the significant shortfall of affordable housing in York and the delay which will inevitably result in the recent decision to conduct further consultation on the new Local Plan prior to examination hearings.

Miller Homes has asked for a four-day public inquiry, saying that the scale and nature of its plans inevitably require discussion of complex planning issues.

Engaged in extensive dialogue

The layout of the new development. Image: Planning documents
Its consultants, Planning Prospects, said in a written submission to the council: “The full planning application was submitted in December 2014 and registered with the local planning authority on 8th January 2015.

“The application proposed a high quality residential development of 271 dwellings, access, public open space, landscaping and associated infrastructure. It was supported by a suite of supporting documents and reports…

“The application was amended in response to consultee comments and amendments and updated information was submitted to the council on 7th March 2017.

“The revised application reduced the total number of dwellings proposed to 266 dwellings… Despite resolving all technical matters over the extended determination period and engaging in extensive dialogue with officers throughout, the application remained undetermined by the council.”


It said there was ambiguity around whether the site was in York’s green belt, which remains undefined, but said it had long been earmarked for housing.

Mike Slater, City of York Council’s assistant director for planning and public protection, said: “The council can no longer determine the application as it is now with the Secretary of State to determine but the planning committee will be asked to indicate what its position on the application is for the purposes of the appeal at a meeting next month.”

2 thoughts on “York council fails to determine housing plans after FOUR years. Now the builder wants action

  1. There is also another allocated site in the Local Plan that is currently agricultural land and recorded as Grade 2 quality. It is also documented as part of the Green Belt in the outer boundary and despite the Yorkshire and Humberside RSS revocation order stating that only the Outstanding Detailed Areas of the outer boundary should be amended they are still trying to push it through and has constantly been rejected for over 40 years. Meanwhile, within a stones throw of this site is another one that on the back of the same Public Inquiry that detailed the areas of the outer boundary of the York Green Belt was deemed not to be in the Green Belt and therefore suitable for development. It spent most of the time in the Local Plan but at the 11th hour developed a technical issue, not sure how that happens at such a late stage but it was quickly resolved and resubmitted but for fear of the Government taking control the Council would not let it back in.

  2. Miller Homes will be building on prime agricultural land, which today is producing a field of grain, despite the planning applications saying it is poor quality land. This is the first green space leaving York heading north. It is a travesty to cover it with housing, increasing damage to our environment.

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