2000 - York Tomorrow calls for action
The pressure group calls for letters
to be written to the Planning and Transport Department in Leeds to protest
at the actions of York Council and ask for the Government to call the
decision in for scrutiny.
Nov 2000 - Open Planning Committee meeting on
York Council's planning meeting is moved to the
Guildhall to accommodate all those interested, but there still weren't
enough chairs. The vast majority of the audience is very clearly
opposed to the scheme, but no open debate or questioning is allowed. Land
Securities development is heard at the same time as York Tomorrow's proposal.
Disgracefully, York's councillors decide
to allow the Land Securities plan to go ahead.
November 2000 - Yorkshire Evening Press holds
a telephone poll
poll by York's newspaper revealed that out of over 2,400 respondents,
ten to one in favour of York Tomorrow's proposal and against Coppergate
Nov 2000 - Coppergate II site visit
Around forty people attend a guided visit to the
site, many openly in opposition to the scheme. A banner is hung
from Clifford's Tower by protesters, and this makes the front page of
the Evening Press.
Oct 2000 - Plans are revised to include a segregated
This was welcomed by York Cycle Campaign, though many members still oppose
the scheme on wider grounds.
Oct 2000 - York Tomorrow submits a rival bid
The York Tomorrow bid involves creating a large
open grassy space between Clifford's Tower and the Foss, whilst still
allowing development of Piccadilly. Read
the YEP coverage Read an alternative view in The
York Subvertiser #5. The Yorkshire
Evening Press holds a phone-in vote to compare popularity of the two
options : York Tomorrow wins by 2,191 votes to Coppergate Riverside's
Oct 2000 - Chamber of Commerce splits over scheme
York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce underwent
a long period of dispute and eventually split. Adam Sinclair of
Mulberry Hall, York's internationally renowned chinaware department store,
leads a break-away faction comprised of local businesses, against the
development. York Chamber of Trade is born. Read the YEP article
2000 - International Jewish community expresses
The Skirball Museum's Vikki Helperin,
in Los Angeles, writes, "Wouldn't it be more fitting that a park be built
surrounding the tower, so that York residents and tourists might be able
to visit the site and contemplate the historicity of the structure in
the context of modern society's values?" Read the Yorkshire Evening
Press article here.
July 2000 - Fishergate Ward meeting rejects Coppergate
In a ludicrously undemocratic meeting, Land Securities
propaganda was promoted to Fishergate residents. It received heavy criticism
in return, but residents were prevented from being able to officially
voice their opposition. The overwhelming feeling of the meeting was against
the scheme, but Councillors actually refused their constituents the opportunity
to vote against the proposal.
July 2000 - York Council extends deadline
Comments on the Coppergate II scheme were accepted up to August 4th.
2000 - Opposition
distributes anti-Coppergate leaflet
leaflet is produced and widely distributed, including to all councillors.
The leaflet sets out all the major points against the scheme, and is also
mailed out in bulletin form, with updates, from a coppergate riverside
July 2000 - Coppergate II plans go on show
Displays appear in the former York Story museum, in St. Mary's, Coppergate.
On this page there is a picture of the model of
June 2000 - Traders in York criticise development
Leading retailer, Adam Sinclair of Mulberry
Hall, heavily criticised the shopping mall plan as "likely to drain
viability away from York's existing and distinguished, if not unique heart."
Read the YEP
May 2000 - Land Securities submits revised planning
A new, but still deeply flawed, plan
for Coppergate Riverside (aka Coppergate II) is lodged. See york.townplan.org's
Sept 1999 - Land Securities goes back to the
The developers have another go. See the YEP
article. People experienced in the ways of the planning process
say that a tactic frequently adopted by developers is to knowingly ask
for far too much with a first planning application, which allows them
to gauge public opinion and look very reasonable when they compromise
and issue a second planning application with more weight behind it.
This is, of course, rumour and hearsay. ; )
Dec 1998 - Council denies planning permission
The first Land Securities scheme collapses in the face of massive opposition
by local traders, the Green Party, the River Foss society, transport groups,
etc... The YEP celebrates "people power" and the demise of the scheme
Dec 1998 - Objectors heckle York's Planning Committee
planners braved public opinion at the controversial site of the proposed
extension to York's Coppergate shopping centre. See YEP
Nov 1998 - Demonstration held by the York Alliance
The York Alliance, which includes York architects and a former York planning
chief among its members, held a demonstration to warn the public that
the project would be unacceptable.
- Land Securities plans submitted
to see recent news
Plans for the extension of Coppergate first submitted to the City of York
Council for consultation. These
are very unpopular with the public.