Community Stadium and Retail Scheme
HOW Planning secured outline planning approval for the extensive mixed-use proposals at Monks Cross in York where developers Oakgate are working to deliver a community stadium for the town, supported by retail and community facilities. The outline application approved up to 29,728 sq m of retail floor space. Reserved matters consent for the retail area was also secured by HOW just three months after the initial go-ahead was given for the £90m scheme.
HOW also co-ordinated a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment on behalf of the applicants, resulting in the incorporation of a range of environmental enhancement features including wildlife corridors and landscaping features for nature conservation. HOW work closely with the project’s ecologist to develop a mitigation strategy for great crested newts (GCN) present on the site; this resulted in the translocation of GCN under licence from Natural England to a newly created ecological mitigation area.
The new 6,000 capacity, all-seater community stadium will become the home of both York City Football Club and York City Knights Rugby League Club. The new Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Next stores, together with restaurants and community facilities, will help attract and retain shoppers in York which will benefit the local retail economy and create up to 1,000 jobs.
Oakgate are working with occupiers to create an environmentally sustainable scheme, to reduce energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions through the construction, life cycle and end use of the buildings, aiming for a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’.