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Club statement: Bootham Crescent

By Ian Appleyard | 5th September 2018

STADIUM development director Ian McAndrew has today confirmed that Persimmon Homes will hold a public consultation event on September 20 for residents living in the Bootham Crescent area.

In a statement, Mr McAndrew said: "The consultation event is an essential part of the planning process if permission is to be granted for development on the Bootham Crescent site.

"The club, however, is surprised and disappointed that little notice has been served, especially as any future application for planning permission will need to be made under the joint names of Persimmon Homes and York City Football Club. 

The club feels that supporters - as well as residents - should be given an opportunity to comment on proposals for the future development of the site, which has been home to York City Football Club since 1932.

The club has recently instructed Savills property consultants' specialist residential development team to act on its behalf to ensure that Persimmon's proposals maximise the benefits of a site which occupies an important location close to the city centre.

The site will have to be developed in accordance with City of York Council's local plan which has now been sent to the government for approval.

It will offer one of the few sites over 1.7 hectares (4.24 acres) which is easily accessible from the city and lies within a well-established and important residential area close to the city's hospital and close to the amenities offered by both Bootham and Burton Stone Lane.   

Persimmon Homes have an option to purchase the site - agreed in February 2005 when negotiations took place between the developer and Bootham Crescent Holdings Ltd ( YCFC) to buy back the freehold of the site which had been controversially sold, previously, to Persimmons and which only granted a short term lease to York City Football Club.

City supporters will remember the protests that took place in York and at games - both home and away - relating to the Persimmon situation and demanding action when the club's very existence was at stake.

At that time, there was not the minimum ten year lease in place - as required by the football authorities - to enable York City to continue as a professional football club.  It was essential, therefore, that ownership of the site was returned to the club.

The eventual outcome saw Bootham Crescent successfully bought back by the club with Persimmon having the benefit of an option to buy the site once the club had relocated - and this was also a condition of the deal and required by the football authorities.

The agreement includes timescales for exercising the option after a new stadium is built and satisfactory planning consent has been achieved.

We are all well aware that planning can be a lengthy process and we now look forward to working closely with Persimmon over the coming months in order to achieve the best outcome for all the parties involved in this important project.

Bootham Crescent has been the club's home for 86 years and, whilst we are looking forward to relocating into new and exciting facilities at Monks Cross, the future use and redevelopment of our current home remains very important to us."

The Public Consultation Event takes place at St Luke's Parish Church, Burton Stone Lane, York, 3pm-7pm on Thursday September 20.

The design team from Persimmon Homes will be available to discuss the proposals and to receive feedback.

Following the event, responses are invited by Thursday October 11 and can be posted to: Planning Team, Persimmon Homes Yorkshire, Persimmon House, Fulford, York, YO19 4FE.

Alternatively, comments can be sent via email to: yorkshire.land@persimmonhomes.com

 

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