A controversial property development in York, consisting of a sports stadium and a retail development, has been given the green light by council. The decision to give the project the thumbs up was the £12m boost to the economy.
The vote was 11-4 in favor of the development, which will include John Lewis, Marks and Spencer and a new home for York City FC, thus also creating 1,000 new jobs in the area.
Richard France, managing director of the developing company, Oakgate said “We are naturally delighted with this decision. York Council’s planning committee has voted in favour of jobs and investment, which will lead to a £12m boost to the local economy.”
“By supporting our plans, councillors have paved the way for the creation of a brand new home for football and rugby in York.”
“This would be a wonderful sporting legacy to professional, amateur and community sports in the Olympic year,” said Mr France.”
“We would like to thank the thousands of residents, sports fans and members of the regional business community who actively supported our plans.”
“We now must wait for central government to consider these plans, but in the meantime we will work with our partners, such as the sports clubs, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer, to ensure that once a final approval is made we can hit the ground running and bring this scheme forward speedily for the benefit of all of York.”