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Julian Sturdy - Strong Voice for York Outer

Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Julian seeks meeting with Shepherd Group after closure announcement for Portastor of Huntington

Julian seeks meeting with Shepherd Group after closure announcement for Portastor of Huntington

I have today contacted local business the Shepherd Group, Portastor’s parent company, to request a meeting on the planned closure of this firm, so I can receive a detailed update on what this means for Portastor employees, and see if there is anything I can do to assist them at this difficult time. Portastor currently

Julian raises York youth mental health services in Parliament

Yesterday, Julian spoke about the importance of keeping waiting times for York’s youth mental...

York Press column – Action on climate change

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Julian meets Minister for Children and Families to highlight Special Educational Needs pressures in York

Last week, Julian met with the Minister for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi MP,...

Julian welcomes news that Moor Lane application at Askham Bog is recommended for refusal

July 5, 2019

Julian has welcomed the news that City of York Council have recommended refusal for the proposed development site on the land south of Moor Lane which included up to 516 properties, a sports pavilion, a local centre and associated landscaping.

Writing to all residents on Moor Lane last December, Julian made clear his strong objections to this resubmitted application on a greenbelt site and actively encouraged residents to submit their own comments on the proposal.

Julian has also met with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (YWT) on multiple occasions to discuss the wide-ranging environmental impact this development could have on the iconic nature reserve if it were to go ahead.

In particular, when Julian recently met with Rob Stoneman, Chief Exec of YWT at Askham Bog SSSI they talked about how the land north of the Bog in which the development is proposed plays a critical role in the unique ecology and hydrology of the reserve and how any development on this land could disturb the sensitive local water table which the diverse nature and wildlife at this site rely on.

In addition to the significant environmental impacts, Julian is clear that the proposals would undoubtedly put a great strain on the existing amenities in the area, such as the local transport network and the number of school places available.

Commenting on the news Julian said, “I am absolutely delighted that City of York Council have recommended this controversial development for refusal after taking on board the strength of feeling on the proposal.

The overwhelming response from local people has been astounding with nearly 8000 objections submitted in total and it is great that their views have been properly heard. I will continue to do everything I can to ensure this exceptional site for wildlife is protected from inappropriate development on the greenbelt “.

The application is scheduled to go to the planning committee on Thursday 11th July.