York Green Party welcomes the decision by a planning inspector to turn down the plans for more than 500 homes to be built on land off Moor Lane – next to Askham Bog.
City of York Council’s planning committee unanimously turned down the plans – but the developer appealed the decision and a planning inquiry was held at the end of last year. Now the government-appointed planning inspector turned down the appeal for good.
York Green Party spokesperson for York Outer & the villages, Parish Councillor Lars Kramm, said:
“Nobody is against development because we need more housing – there’s a massive housing shortage not only in York but all across the country -but this was completely the wrong place to build anything.
The huge thanks lie with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and their patron Sir David Attenborough which spearheaded the successful campaign against this development. But it is also a good example of what we can achieve with a strong cross-party and communitywide work. The campaign was carried by a united City Council across all political colours, the local parish councils, cross-party support by local and regional MPs and lots of support by activists and citizen.”
Green Party MEP of Yorkshire Magid Magid visited the reserve last year and added his voice to the protests against the controversial plans and called it “a national and local scientific treasure that is important to protect”.
York Green party objected to the application to build 500 homes near Askham Bog back in 2019 as it was endangering the Askham Bog SSSI site, constituted a non-sustainable and inappropriate development on the Green Belt.