Howard Jenkins, acting on behalf of the Moore Family, has negotiated a sale of the former St Lawrence WMC & adjoining land holdings in Lawrence Street, York.
The WMC was occupied by the Tukes, an important local family who founded The Retreat; Samuel Tuke was a 19thC mental health pioneer and it was his home from 1822 until his death in 1857; the artist Henry Scott Tuke was born there. S Harrison Developments are proposing a sensitive high quality scheme which will safeguard this important Listed Building, and are working closely with local stakeholders and the City of York Council. The scheme will provide a blend of one, two & three bed en-suite student apartments, together with games room, gym, cinema, common room, study space & administrative offices.
As part of the Government’s drive to increase housing numbers, it has been announced that the temporary permitted development rights introduced in May 2013, allowing the conversion of offices into new homes without the need for planning permission, will now be made permanent.
These rights, which required prior approval of the local planning authority in respect of transport & highways impact and contamination & flood risks, had been due to expire on 30 May 2016.
All developments which have already obtained such approval will now have three years in which to implement the change of use.
The original rights allowed for the conversion of existing office buildings however, these rights are to be extended to also allow for the demolition of office buildings to make way for new build residential schemes (subject to ‘limitations’ yet to be confirmed).
Further permitted development rights will also enable conversion of some ‘sui generis’ properties and light industrial buildings to create new homes which, it is anticipated, will also require prior approval in respect of impact on neighbouring employment uses.